LPYMA grounds saga continues

LIMERICK City Council has been accused of not being open regarding its plans for the future use of t he LPYMA Grounds on the Ennis Road.

Councillor for the northside, Michael Hourigan, reminded a city official this week that they were promised a report on proposed possible usage’s for the grounds.

“A year ago, we were told by you (Pat Dowling, director of services with the council) “that we would be furnished with a report but that time has come and gone and there’s no report to hand,” he said.

He alleged: “There is another agenda here and we don’t know what it is.”

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Mr Dowling’s response was: “We don’t have millions to develop it”.

Pointing out that despite repeated calls from councillors, based on ongoing speculation that there are behind the scenes proposals for development of the grounds, Cllr Hourigan said it is unfair to the elected members “going into a local election shortly” that they have not been made au fait with proposals for the LPYMA grounds.

Mr Dowling replied: “There is no report on this, as far as I know – the City Development Plan is how we, the council, zones our land for the next six years.

“As to your comment – who is stopping this report being issued to you – you will have this at the next meeting of the Sport and Cultural Strategic Policy Committee”.

That meeting is scheduled for April 14.