From top: Doughmore beach in Co. Clare and Donald Trump
In April, the proposed wall on the coastline of Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf resort in Co. Clare was refused designation as a ”strategic infrastructure development‘.
An Bord Pleanála ruled that the wall wouldn’t be of strategic economic or social importance to the State or the region.
Now the US Presidential hopeful must apply for planning permission like any normal person.
Which he has done.
A Facebook group called Save Doughmore – Doonbeg Beach write:
It’s with great disappointment and concern that we have to inform you that Mr Trump has applied to Clare County Council to build a 5m high 20m wide 200,000 tonnes wall on the state land of Doughmore Beach.
The window for objections to this shortsighted destruction of an Irish beach is now open but will close Monday, June 13, 2016. We strongly urge you to file a submission/objection. More individual and varied objections will have a greater impact.
All submissions/observations must be made in writing to the Planning Section, Clare County Council, New Road, Ennis and must include the following:
– the name of the person or body making the submission/objection
– the planning reference number of the application concerned (16371)
– the address to which any correspondence relating to the application may be sent (your address)
– a fee of €20 which can be payable by cheque or cash (we understand that this is your hard earned money, but €20 will be long forgotten in hundred years, the wall won’t be)
It is more effective if many and varied objections are made. So us providing you with a template is not the best. You will need to write a letter detailing why you feel it is inappropriate to grant permission for 200,000 tonnes of rock to be dumped onto a public beach.
… Simply objecting to something out of principal is not usually sufficient to affect action. It is therefore important to provide as much evidence as possible to back up your argument. Be formal and polite. Writing an angry and emotional letter will work against you, particularly in legal matters, where all that is important are facts.
… Please please take the time and effort to try to stop this environmental crime. It will be the future generations that judge us, please act now.