Amusement Arcade Granted Planning Permission

June 28, 2019 0

I am extremely disappointed to see Fingal County planning department ignore my submission and the submissions of local residents against a change of use to an amusement arcade in a neighbourhood shopping centre and grant permission says Murphy. I have had meetings with resident groups in this area and all have expressed concerns regarding loitering and possible anti- social behaviour which had been submitted to the planning Depts. in the formal manner.

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Cllr Tony Murphy

“The description of this proposal as an ‘amusement arcade’ is disingenuous as it is intended as an over 18’s poker hall or fixed odds betting terminals. The words ’amusement’ and ‘gambling’ are actually difficult to marry together as there is no amusement in being addicted to gambling and these machines will simply hoover up players money without any regard of that person financial circumstances”. Says Murphy.

Neighbourhood centres were intended as a location for a newsagents or chemist or coffee-shop that would serve the persons living in the surrounding residential area and perhaps avoid the need for that person to travel to the traditional town centre for bread or milk.

I will be taking my objections to An Bord Pleanala to ask for this permission to be overturned.

In a town that has the youngest population in the Country we need to have a strong voice to protect the most vulnerable in our community and resist bad planning decisions says Murphy.

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