General election candidate Cllr James Lawless has cautiously welcomed the announcement from An Bord Pleanála for an end date on the decision of the Maighne Wind Farm application.
Cllr Lawless said “The fact An Bord Pleanála have had to extend their decision time frame due to “the complexity of the case and the nature of issues involved” highlights the distain in Kildare North for this wind farm application.
“The vast number of submissions in objection to Maighne Wind Farm show how passionate and angry the residents of Kildare North are towards this potential unwanted wind farm. We now have a situation where residents will be living in limbo up until April 29th 2016. I don’t believe this is fair enough on the home and land owners who are clear they do not want a wind farm in their back gardens.
“Having had the pleasure of canvassing residents in the lead up to the general election it is evident that many are concerned about the damage the wind farm will do to their area. This same concern has been present at the meetings I have attended on this matter.
“As an objector, councillor, and general election candidate I will continue to work on this matter to see that a positive result may come for the residents of Kildare North. Interestingly I would expect a new government to be in power by April 29th 2016 and therefore a new approach should be taken to this unwanted wind farm.
“I have been involved in this issue since its inception and was the first councillor on Kildare County Council to raise the matter at council level. I have also been heavily involved in previous successful wind farm objections, such as the project in Eadestown.This planning decision will continue to have my full attention, objection and dedication.