An organization on the centre of the faulty blocks scandal in Co Donegal is to seem in court docket on Might twenty third to enter a plea or to have a date set for listening to over claims of non-compliance with planning circumstances.
Solicitors representing Cassidy Brothers Concrete Merchandise Restricted appeared earlier than a sitting of Buncrana District Courtroom sitting in Letterkenny at the moment.
The corporate face prosecution for non-compliance with planning circumstances on the agency’s quarry at Gransha in Buncrana.
The agency was served with an enforcement discover on 11 Might final 12 months relating to the matter and given 12 weeks to make good on these necessities.
Donegal County Council had demanded that the agency perform substantial street resurfacing works within the neighborhood of the quarry, assemble two pedestrian crossings, and widen the junction on the Gransha Highway/Trying Glass Brae to accommodate massive HGV and lorry visitors.
These had been necessities underneath the planning permission it obtained in June 2020.
The council additionally demanded the cost in extra of €650,000 in excellent safety bonds and growth costs that had been due by December 2020.
The agency was given 12 weeks by the council to conform, however didn’t do and the council has now sought to put costs underneath the Planning and Improvement Act, 2000.
A summons was issued on the agency on 5 January, with a listening to into the accusation scheduled to come back earlier than Choose Éiteáin Cunningham at a sitting of Buncrana District Courtroom on 28 March.
On abstract conviction, the corporate are liable to a advantageous not exceeding €5,000 For a conviction on indictment, the advantageous jumps to €12.69 million or imprisonment for a time period not exceeding two years, or each.
The court docket could, as well as, order that steps required underneath the enforcement discover be taken.
Cassidy Brothers issued an announcement final Might saying it was in ongoing discussions with the native authority relating to the enforcement discover.
“Our discussions with council officers are partly based mostly on the truth that extraction on the Gransha quarry is presently ceased, leading to a really important discount in street utilization,” the corporate mentioned in its assertion final Might, including: “We’ll proceed to co-operate totally with Donegal County Council.”
The case was known as earlier than Choose Eiteain Cunningham at the moment.
Solicitor Fiona Kelly mentioned she was appearing as agent for Eamon Dillon Solicitors who’re representing Cassidy Brothers Concrete Merchandise Restricted.
Ms Kelly mentioned this was the primary time the matter was on the court docket record and sought an adjournment.
Solicitor for Donegal County Council, Kevin McElhinney requested the choose to direct statements within the case.
Choose Cunningham adjourned the case till Might twenty third subsequent for a plea or a date for listening to.
Cassidy Brothers given to Might to plead or contest quarry planning claims was final modified: March twenty eighth, 2023 by