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Planning Permission for Shannon LNG Terminal

Submission by Tom  Moore, Parents Association, Tarbert Comprehensive School

Ballycullane Lower,
County Limerick
068 36236
087 6765891

An Bord Pleanála,
64 Marlborough Street,
Dublin 1.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you in relation to the proposed development by Shannon LNG at Ralappane and Kilcolgan Lower, Tarbert , County Kerry. On behalf of the parents of students attending Tarbert Comprehensive School, I have been asked to express their concerns in relation to the proposed development and the safe transfer of students to and from school.

Tarbert Comprehensive School is located on the first 500 metres of the coastal road between Tarbert and Ballylongford which is the main access route to the proposed development by Shannon LNG. This is the coastal route, a narrow and winding road and one of the two roads that link the two villages. Up to now this road was utilised mainly by the staff and pupils attending the school and a small number of local residents. The second road that links the two villages runs parallel to the coastal route is a significantly better road and hence caters for the majority of the traffic commuting between Tarbert and Ballylongford.

The school has in excess of 600 pupils, many of whom walk the short 500 metres distance from Tarbert village to the school. The majority are transported by bus from the local catchment area and the balance, who are inside the three mile area (and not automatically entitled to bus transport), are dropped of and collected by parents with cars. As a result the traffic on school days during 8:40 am and 9:00 am and 3:45 pm and 4:10 pm (2:00 on Wednesdays) is extremely busy with the transfer of students. Up to now the situation was manageable and safe due to negligible additional local traffic and with the majority of traffic using the alternative road linking Tarbert and Ballylongford.

However if the proposed development by Shannon LNG was to advance to the construction stage, we as parents fear the volume and scale of traffic would increase significantly. Such a transformation would ultimately impact on the safety of pupils during school drop off and collection times.

Parents are not expressing these opinions to hinder the proposed development but rather to highlight a potential danger. We feel a safety audit would be the first step in relation to the situation and may help in creating a safe and workable solution in the event of planning being granted.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Moore.

Chairman of the Parents Association, Tarbert Comprehensive School

Parents Association Tarbert Comprehensive School