Minister Hogan to meet with Council Executive

Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, is to meet with the Executive of Leitrim County Council in the coming weeks to discuss the ongoing impasse with planning in the county.

Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, is to meet with the Executive of Leitrim County Council in the coming weeks to discuss the ongoing impasse with planning in the county.

Addressing the April council meeting, County Manager, Jackie Maguire, said that the Council had tried to set up a meeting with Minister Hogan for a number of weeks but due to the current campaign on the household charge they had not been successful in setting a date.

She said it was now likely that the meeting will be held in the next three weeks.

The news came following a query from Cllr Caillian Ellis who noted that the ongoing problems with planning were causing extreme hardship and concern for families in Co Leitrim.

The County Manager said that the Council were encouraging people considering seeking planning in Co Leitrim to come and meet with planning officials to discuss their plans and their chosen site. She acknowledged that no accepted solution had been found yet to the T90 test issues, but said that it was vital people come in and speak with the Council prior to seeking any planning.

Cllr John McCartin sad that he believed a solution had been found to the problems created by Leitrim’s poorly draining soil.

“We have the problem solved. We have a solution, but it’s a matter of rubber stamping it,” he said, adding that Minister Hogan had been “closely monitoring the situation”.