Meath County Council’s decision to grant planning permission to Dawn Meats for a 7km industrial pipeline that would pump treated sewage into the Boyne has been appealed to a Bord Pleanala.
Last year, Dawn Meats applied for planning permission for an extension to its sewage treatment plant and those plans included the construction of a 7.2km pipeline that would carry sewage from its meat plant to Beauparc, through the parish and pump them into the Boyne River. to cotton mills.
The development application provided that the pipeline would be laid along a section of Windmill Road, L1013, Yellow Furze Road, L1600 (Boyne Road) and the unnamed local road leading from L1600 to private lands abutting the Boyne River at the outlet.
The plans drew huge local opposition over the impact that pumping huge volumes of treated commercial sewage would have on the integrity of the river and over 400 submissions were made on the plans. The “Save the Boyne” Facebook page, created as a platform for individuals and groups opposed to the plans, has more than 9,000 members.
Campaigners against the proposal were dismayed to receive confirmation last month that council had granted planning permission and a public meeting has been called to discuss next steps in their fight against it.
A number of third party appeals have now been lodged over the plans, including appeals from Save the Boyne Group, Slane Bridge Anglers, Silver Bridge Kayak Club, Inland Fisheries Ireland, among others.
Dawn Meats argued in a statement after the permit was granted that the development would have a “positive impact through the removal of tanker traffic from local roads”, and that “third-party studies, including a statement from Natura impact, have not assessed any adverse impact on the Boyne River or surrounding habitats”.
According to the Bord Pleanala website, a decision is expected on the appeal on September 19.