Residents protest over Casement plan

Published Saturday, 25 January 2014
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Residents opposed to the scale of the redevelopment of Casement Park in west Belfast have staged a protest against the plans.

Last month, permission was granted for a multi-million pound refurb of the GAA grounds despite over 1,000 residents objecting to the proposals.

They are concerned about the size of stands being built at the 38,000-seater stadium and the extra traffic and footfall it is expected to attract to the Andersonstown Road.

Around 100 residents took part in a demonstration on Saturday afternoon. They say they are now considering taking legal action.

One woman said: "The main thing is the height of it, it's going to be about 129ft and right around the whole outskirts of the houses."

A man said: "It's an absolute monstrosity. The residents are not going away - we were here before the GAA and we'll be here after."

Another woman said: "We've seen people power in other aspects of the community over the years and we're fighting for our neighbourhood. The next step will be talking to our solicitors and looking at ways to take a judicial review over the planning application."

Plans for the £80m stadium redevelopment were given the green light by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan in Decemeber.

The SDLP minister said the move will give the area a boost and create jobs.

Mr Durkan added: "The new stadium is a high quality design which will be a recognised landmark building which will assist with the ongoing regeneration of the Andersonstown Road and boost the city of Belfast.

"This will boost sports tourism and the economy in the north. Jobs during the construction phase and additional jobs for the daily management are to be welcomed."

Meanwhile some local residents living near the stadium have welcomed the plans.

A woman said: "I think it's a wonderful development, with the regeneration that's been going on in west Belfast it will just totally clean the whole area up. We may lose a bit of light but it's not like we're living in the sunny Mediterranean."

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andy townsend in london wrote (77 days ago):
I'm with monk, get it built!!
mark in Belfast wrote (80 days ago):
For those who can't see why it shouldn't be built. One word: Traffic. Belfast is a joke among UK cities in getting people in and out of venues. You only have to look at the comedic efforts at the Odyssey the night of a major gig. You could sit in the car park for an hour before you'd move. Even the Balmoral show which is out in the country is a total farce. Any event that attracts more than 500 people in this country is a joke as far as traffic management is concerned. People will want to park in free spaces, so all the approach roads will be littered with abandoned cars, further impeding the flow of normal traffic. Other cities have the infrastructure in place to deal with large events, we don't - it's as simple as that.
Resident in Casement concert venue wrote (81 days ago):
@ pilib are you serious? The residents of these cities you mention whose communities live in the shadow of these stadia, have been decimated, property values have plummeted, ghost towns the out-come. But heh, as long as you get to see your one game a year and the rest of the time get to see your Bruce Springsteen concerts, who are the residents to complain eh? I as a resident and my family have been living here BEFORE Casement park was built and the family contributed money to the building of the original stadium as did others here so less of YOUR utter nonsense tripe. We as residents opposed to this concert venue, are made up for example, GAA club members, my aunt was an all Ireland camogie winner and past president of the GAA. P.s yes my garden will be destroyed by this and yes my sunlight will be taken away and yes this monstrous carbuncle will dwarf my property but thats just me being 'petty' and as I say, as long as you get to see Bruce.
rir in n.i. wrote (81 days ago):
monk wise up im not even a supporter of the GAA but your nowhere near it too be affected so id say build it up your way outside your door!!! on here inciting, away on ya go!!
Living like a monk soon in In the shadows of casement wrote (81 days ago):
Lets not, thank you very much!
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