Planning applications can be received through MapAlerter

By Esther Hayden

The importance of signing up for MapAlerter notifications was highlighted at last Monday's meeting of Wexford County Council.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne laid down a notice of motion in respect of planning notices calling on 'Wexford County Council to require the applicant to place the advertisement in at least one local newspaper, being defined as a newspaper published in the County of Wexford with an independently audited circulation in County Wexford in excess of 1,000 copies weekly, of if online, with at least 1,000 independently audited unique users per week'.

He was supported by Cllr Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin who said that in Ferns there had been a planning application for an anaerobic digester near Tombrack in Ferns. He said that the application had been placed in a national newspaper and not a local paper and it hadn't been seen by locals until it was too late to make a submission.

'This created a lot of controversy,' he said.

Director of Services Tony Larkin said that while he had no objection of the list of acceptable publications being reviewed he said he had a concern with using an online facility for planning notices.

However he said that 'nobody reads every newspaper' and pointed out that site notices are also erected. He also said he wasn't sure that the council could limit publications to just local papers.

Mr Larkin said the council provides a free MapAlerter service where people can get all the planning alerts for their own area direct to their phone or email.

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said he felt that site notices should be bigger so that people can see them.

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