A NEW ‘Family Entertainment Centre’ is to be built in the heart of Tipp town, despite objections that it may lead to increased gambling and the “congregation” of youths outside on the street. Patrick O’Brien lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála on January 4 this year against a decision made by Tipperary Town Council, made on December 1 2011.
The Council had granted permission to Michael Heffernan for alterations to be made to a “mixed use development” in Kickham Place to consist of: a ground floor storage yard and family entertainment centre, including pool tables, video games and licensed amusement hall and external signage, a first floor commercial unit (96sqm) and one bedroom apartment; second and third floors; three one-bedroom duplex apartments and all associated site works, stairs, walkways and lift.
Patrick and Eamon O’Brien, of Rathanny, Tipperary, maintained that the site was not suitable for such a development, and that its “close proximity to local schools and amenities may encourage young people to gamble and cause addiction to gambling”. Furthermore, it would cause “groups of youths to congregate and that this would be of particular concern to the amenities of the area and be detrimental to local business and residential amenities.”
The developers said the issue of “gambling addiction is unsubstantiated and ... the proposals are not for a betting shop and that any item associated with gaming will be strictly over 18 and will be strictly controlled.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.