The Tank Field: the issues

The Tank Field: the issues

 

1. The takeover of the Tank Field by the City Council
     a. The decision to do so
     b. The problems with the process utilised

 

2. The transfer/leasing of the Tank Field to Brian Dillon’s Club (a private company), BDC
     a. The process of disposing or leasing of a publicly-owned property to a private company
     b. The payments made by BDC to the City Council

 

3. The process of allowing the Gaelscoil to establish a presence on the grounds of BDC
    a. The process that resulted in the Gaelscoil being established on the grounds of BDC at the Tank Field
    b. The commitments given to local residents that the development would only be temporary and would not result in a permanent Gaelscoil on the site
    c. The rents paid to BDC by the Department of Education & Science for the Gaelscoil to lease land that was owned by the City Council

 

4. The efforts made at establishing a permanent Gaelscoil
    a. The search for alternative sites
    b. Application for planning permission for the Tank Field
   c. Refusal of planning permission
   d. Appeal to An Bord Pleanala
   e. Decision by An Bord Pleanala
   f. Difficulties with the decision by An Bord Pleanala
   g. Decision by Cork City Council/City Manager re. Need for new planning application

 

5. Deficiencies in the Department of Education and Science process
6. Deficiencies in the planning process

 

7. Issues about expenditure of public funds
   a. Leasing of land by City Council to BDC
   b. Payments to BDC from the Department of Education and Science
   c. Payments by BDC to the City Council for the lease of the land
   d. On-going rental of prefabs by Department of Education and Science
   e. On-going rental costs for buses to transfer students to Mayfield Community School sports facilities
   f. Costs incurred in applying for planning permission, appealing and dealing with the City Council including the evaluation of other sites etc.

 

8. Public policy issues
   a. Taking over of the Tank Field by the City Council without proper engagement by the residents
   b. Leasing of part of the Tank Field to a private company, BDC and allowing BDC receive rent from the Department of Education and Science for the use of the land which is owned by the City Council
   c. City Council/ An Bord Pleanala allowing an important public amenity (open, green public space in an urban area) to be built upon thereby removing that public green open space from public use despite the current City Development Plan stating the importance of this facility
   d. The policy of the Department of Education with respect to Gaelscoileanna including the preferential treatment afforded Gaelscoileanna, the growing role of Gaelscoileanna as contributing to segregation in the educational system
   e. The schools’ planning process undertaken by the Department of Education and its policies in relation to constructing schools in areas of declining population, co-location of schools, reuse of existing educational facilities as opposed to constructing new buildings, willingness to pay significant rental costs for leasing sites and renting prefabs while educational buildings nearby lay under-utilised,
   f. The planning process in which key information was kept from residents, incorrect information and maps were utilised in the process, the decision by An Bord Pleanala to over-ride its own inspector and to grant planning permission (with which it is not possible to comply) on the basis of the strategic and national importance of the Gaelscoil,
   g. The processes operated by the City Council which awere not fully transparent and demonstrated a very unacceptable attitude of City management towards engagement with local residents

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