Old Mill Update

Dear East Meath Resident,

Good News on the Old Mill Site

On 6th February Meath County Council issued a notice to the owners of the Old Mill Derelict Site, putting them on notice of their intention to start the process of listing the site on the Derelict Sites Register, in accordance with the provisions of the Derelict Sites Act, 1990.

While this is good news for local residents you will note that it has taken more than one threat of legal action to bring the Council to this stage, after years of trying to get them to act.  (please see the attached letter from FP Logue Solicitors and MCC’s reply) regarding this.

While the present development is to be welcomed it is merely the start of a process to redevelop this site.  JDCA will be keeping a close watch on the subsequent actions of the Council in this regard and will not hesitate to hold them to account for any failure by them to fulfill their obligations under the provisions of the Act.

 

Sincerely,

 

JDCA

Old Mill FP Logue legal threat to MCC 6th February 2018
Old Mill letter from MCC solicitors 13th February 2018
Old Mill MCC letter to owners re listing the site 13th February 2018

CCTV Controversy

Dear East Meath Resident,
 
You will be aware that a debate in the national media about the legality and advisability of installing CCTV surveillance in villages and towns.  Duleek village has been the focus of this media interest.
 
A proposal to install CCTV similar to that in Duleek is being promoted by Councillor Sharon Keogan and the Gardai, for Julianstown.
 
Residents of East Meath are asked to inform themselves fully of the implications of having 24/7 wide spectrum CCTV in Julianstown as this would have implications for residents of the wider East Meath Area and of South Drogheda, as well as any resident of the village itself.
 
The proposed CCTV system would have number plate and facial recognition capability.
 
Attached is a copy of an article which has appeared in the Irish Times of 21st November.
 
Sincerely,
JDCA

Julianstown residents meet Meath County Council over traffic issues

Dear East Meath Resident,
Attached is a note of a meeting between JDCA representatives and Mr. Nicholas Whyatt of MCC to establish the position regarding the implementation of traffic calming measures in Julianstown, which is self explanatory.
As you can see MCC have design capacity problems regarding this project.  It has been indicated that progress on the design of the measures should be expected by mid 2018.
Sincerely,

JDCA

 

Traffic Calming Meeting with MCC 26th October 2017

Aldi granted planning permission

News broke yesterday that Aldi was granted permission to build a new store on the site of the former nursing home in Laytown. Despite hundreds of objections An Bord Pleanála upheld Meath County Council’s decision to grant permission. 

The inspector’s report and the order are embedded below.

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Old Mill interventions need planning permission

Locals in East Meath are all too familiar with the Old Mill saga. The Old Mill is a 17th century Mill, one of the oldest buildings in Julianstown and steeped in history and heritage for the village. It has been derelict since 2007 and the scene of illegal dumping, traveller encampment and other anti-social behaviour. (see here, here, here and here for previous updates)

Under pressure from locals Meath County Council acted in August and issued a notice to the owners of the Old Mill under the Derelict Sites Act to carry out certain works. A concerned local company filed a formal request with the Council asking it to determine if the works required planning permission.

The Council has now made its decision finding that the major works including demolition of parts of the Old Mill and the infilling of openings in the Mill House do require planning permission since they involve material works to protected structures.

The formal declaration is copied below or can be downloaded here.

18.9.2017 S5 Decision

Update on Old Mill in Julianstown

From our neighbours in Julianstown:
Dear East Meath Resident,
 
You will be aware that a group of travelers occupied the Old Mill Derelict Site for a period of over two weeks recently.   The travelers have now gone leaving behind an appalling mess of litter, rubbish and scrap.  (please see examples in the attached photographs)
The owners of the site are now trying to clean up and secure the site.
 
Meath County Council must bear a significant degree of responsibility for the nuisance and irritation occasioned by the travelers to local residents and businesses arising from their failure over the last 10 years, to deal with with this derelict site.
 
While the travelers may now have gone the underlying issue of the dereliction of the site remains.  Local residents are losing patience with the Council on this matter.
Sincerely 

JDCA

Council backs down over Old Mill dereliction

Local residents are celebrating after Meath County Council agreed to list the Old Mill on the register of derelict sites if the owners do not conduct certain works specified by the local authority.

The Irish Times carried a full report on the outcome.

It appears that Meath has commissioned a structural engineer’s report which recommends partial dereliction of the Julianstown eyesore and will now use powers directing the owners to take appropriate steps. If the owners fail to take those steps the procedure to enter the site on the register will commence.

Documents released under FOI show that Meath has declared the site derelict as far back as 2008 and had done virtually nothing to deal with the dereliction. It also shows that persistent complaints from local people had an effect and but the threat of legal action was decisive in getting the council to give a written assurance that progress would be made.

This matter is highly embarrassing for a local authority that markets itself as the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and as a place to establish modern business. In reality Meath has around 400 derelict properties that for reasons unknown it refuses to identity on the register.

See Meath’s latest letter below or download

6 LT fr MCC 17.7.2017

 

 

Meath Co Co faces legal action over derelict Julianstown hotel

From our friends in Julianstown:

Dear East Meath Resident.
 
FP Logue Solicitors acting for a local client, have placed Meath County Council on notice that legal action will be initiated against them if they fail to place the Old Mill Derelict Site in Julianstown, on the Derelict Sites Register, by 21st July 2017.
 
Some of the relevant correspondence with MCC can be viewed on the attached documents.
 
Since the Old Mill Hotel burned down in 2007 the site has been an ugly ruin in the village of Julianstown.
 
In June 2008 MCC officials declared the site “Derelict” thus obliging them to enter the site on the Derelict Sites Register in accordance with the provisions of the Derelict Sites Act, 1990.
 
In the intervening 9 years MCC have failed to comply with the law in respect of this matter.
 
County Wide Issue
 
The Derelict sites register published by MCC contains only 8 entries, the last of which was made in 2010.  7 of these of these entries are in respect of the village of Kells and 1 in respect of Ratoath.  No other entries have been made in respect of the entirety of the rest of the county.  It is understood from MCC meeting minutes that there are approximately 400 derelict sites in the county.  Other than the above, none of these sites  none of these sites has been entered on the register.  This appears to represent a systemic failure by MCC to act in accordance with their legal obligations.
 
The people of Meath would be entitled to know what is going on in this regard in MCC.
 
Sincerely,
 

JDCA

See below for the legal correspondence. Download here.

Correspondence 25.6.2017

The information released under FOI is also included below. Download here and here

First FOI Old Mill

Old Mill FOI 16June2017

This is the current Meath register of derelict sites. Download here

Meath Register of Derelict sites June 2017