Local residents to hold public meeting against Flagford Battery Park

Local residents to hold public meeting against Flagford Battery Park

Residents opposed to the development of a battery energy storage facility in Flagford, Carrick-on-Shannon have announced there will be a public meeting in the Patrician Hall, Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon tonight, (Monday) at 9pm.

Planning permission was recently granted by Roscommon County Council for the development which will consist of rechargeable battery units contained within 31, 40ft containers on a three hectare site.

Fears have been expressed about the development for a number of reasons with local residents urging the local community to inform themselves regarding the development that they believe poses several significant risks.

Locals have pointed to the serious fire risk associated with lithium-ion batteries and have referenced a similar plant on a smaller scale in Brussels where a battery unit caught fire last year causing the release of toxic gases.

The aim of tonight's meeting is discuss the next steps in campaign against the development in light of the planning approval for the Flagford Battery energy storage facility being granted by Roscommon County Counil.

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