Friday 6 December 2019

Residents harbour concerns over planned Rosslare customs site

The OPW site for customs checks in Rosslare
The OPW site for customs checks in Rosslare

Pádraig Byrne

Residents of Ballygillane in Rosslare Harbour have expressed some concerns over the development of a temporary customs post on the site of the old Renault compound.

Emergency planning legislation was enacted by the government following the purchase of the site to ensure that they can have proper customs checks in place when Brexit does eventually roll around. While works have been ongoing in recent weeks, residents have looked on in concern as to what it will mean for them when the site is fully operational.

The residents are currently in the process of putting together a residents association, with their first meeting due to take place next Wednesday, May 29, at 7.30 p.m. in the Railway Social Club.

'This has a significant impact on many of our members, whose homes adjoin the development,' acting secretary Anne Richard said. 'We are very keen to have some idea what exactly is intended for the site.'

Among the concerns residents are said to have are increased traffic, queues of trucks backing out onto the road and the extra noise of refrigerated lorries arriving at all hours of the morning.

The group are keen to establish from the Office of Public Works (OPW) exactly how temporary these temporary measures will be as smaller buildings and lights are now being erected at the site.

Wexford People

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