Anger as Thurles Recycling Centre Gets Go Ahead

The proposed Thurles Recycling Centre, to be located at the old Thurles Sugar Factory site in Cabragh has been given the green light after planning permission was granted for the facility by North Tipperary County Council. However, The Tipperary Star has been informed by angry residents of the area that an appeal to an Bord Pleanala is in the pipeline

Recruitment for the facility, which is set to create up to 20 jobs, is to commence shortly as the new environmentally friendly centre is due to open next month. Five new jobs will be created in the start up phase with further recruitment over the summer months.

“The Council’s decision is a green light for the creation of much needed jobs, for a cleaner county, a better environment and a new recycling service for households and businesses on the site of the old Sugar Factory ,” said John O’Dwyer of the Thurles Recycling Centre.

“We have worked with the County Council, environmentalists, ecologists and the local community in Cabragh to provide this vital service and ensure the highest standards. We are making a major investment to provide a dry recyclable sorting centre and I want to emphasise that no food waste will be allowed into the centre,” he added.

However, residents are highly agitated at the decision and have vowed to take their fight to the European Court of Justice if needs be. They claim that the site is totally unsuitable and would have a detrimental affect to their standard of living and to the neighbouring Special Area of Conservation.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.