The battle of Vinegar Hill's housing plan

By Esther Hayden

Published 20/08/2015 | 17:20

Vinegar Hill.
Vinegar Hill.

A protest group has been set up to oppose the building of 16 houses at Clonhasten and Templeshannon adjacent to Vinegar Hill.

The group which is part of the Vinegar Hill Environmental and Heritage Protection point out that Vinegar Hill is one of the town's best asst and is a major tourist attraction attracting more and more visitors each year and with potential to grow in the years to come.

The planning application from Maurice Tracey is to build 16 houses and associated site works on the lands adjacent to Vinegar Hill at Clohasten and Templeshannon.

To date nearly 1,000 signatures opposing the 16 house development have been collected. The group believe that Vinegar Hill may also be a mass burial site with many believing that the remains of those who found in the 1798 Rebellion could well be buried on the Hill.

The group is objecting to the application on the grounds that it doesn't comply with sustainable development believing that the vacant and incomplete houses in the town should be fully complete and occupied before another housing development is started.

They are also objecting in the grounds that the proposed development will have an adverse impact on the character and historical significance of the Vinegar Hill Battlefield:

 

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