James Stephens development to finish on time despite stoppage

WORK has recommenced on the development of new four pitches at James Stephens GAA club last Tuesday after a twelve day stoppage. Kilkenny Borough Council had ordered the city GAA club to cease work for breach of their planning permission.

WORK has recommenced on the development of new four pitches at James Stephens GAA club last Tuesday after a twelve day stoppage. Kilkenny Borough Council had ordered the city GAA club to cease work for breach of their planning permission.

No work had been done on the site since August 5, when the council issued an enforcement order demanding that the club stick rigidly to the planning permission that was granted to the club. As part of the planning construction work was only to take place between 7am and 7pm. When the council investigated they found that the GAA club was not complying with this stipulation of their planning permission. The council then issued an enforcement order based on their findings and also requested that James Stephens supply a landscaping plan and a programme of works to the council.

Kilkenny Borough Council have confirmed that James Stephens has engaged satisfactorily with the council and that the council will not be proceeding to take the club to court which is that next step after an enforcement order.

A spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council said “ We have been engaging with James Stephens to resolve the issues. They were non-compliant on a number of issues, They were working out side of the designated hours and there were non-compliant with landscaping and boundary issues. They have engaged with the council and they’ve completed most of the issues. The courts would have been the next step but they have engaged with us and things are working out satisfactorily.”

The Chairman of James Stephens GAA Club, Jimmy O’Brien, is still confident that the development will be finished on time despite the unplanned twelve day stoppage. Mr O’Brien said “The issues have been sorted out by the council and our project manager. The council are satisfied and have given us the go ahead. We’re hoping to have the grass sown in the next two weeks and leave it settle for a few months. The phase we are doing at the moment will still be finished on time.”

The current phase is part of a ten year development of the James Stephens club that will see four new playing pitches, a new warm-up and practice pitch, a new clubhouse and changing rooms, a 400 capacity covered stand, and a new sports hall for indoor sports built.