County Council accepts € 300k request for lighting upgrade around Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Cork County Council said it would pay nearly € 308,000 – five times more than it had offered – to cover the cost of upgrading public lighting around the Páirc Uí Chaoimh GAA stadium.
It follows a binding ruling by An Bórd Pleanála over a protracted planning dispute between County Council and Cork City Council over the amount of a “special contribution” the GAA body should pay for improvements to the city. lighting following the multi-million dollar stadium renovation. in 2014.
A source close to the county council said if the figure in the council’s decision surprised them, they would pay it.
“We were surprised at the amount. It’s a lot more than we expected, but it’s also a lot less than what city council estimated, ”he said.
“But we are happy to move on now and to work with Cork City Council on the issue.”
The board welcomed the decision. A spokesperson said: “We will proceed as with any planning condition that An Bórd Pleanála attaches to an authorization.”
This marks the end of a protracted conflict that has dragged on since the board of directors approved planning for the stadium’s renovation in 2014.
He attached 30 conditions – one of which required the county council to pay a “ special contribution ”, to be agreed with the council, to cover the cost of street lighting improvements along the main pedestrian routes leading to the stadium – Monahan Road, Center Park Road, the Old Railroad and the Marina.
The council estimated that the work could cost between 750,000 and 1.5 million euros. He argued that the pedestrian capacity along these four routes was approximately 94,980 and that, since the stadium’s capacity was 45,000, the county council should bear 48% of the cost of the improvement works on the l ‘lighting. He asked for just over € 544,000.
But the county council said its calculations showed that only 12.5% of pedestrian use on nearly 4.5 km of roads leading to the stadium could be attributed to GAA, and that by applying a cost of 106 , € 75 per meter to upgrade the lighting to 12.5% of it. the length of the road gives you € 60,000 – the number it has always offered to pay.
The parties could not agree on the amount and therefore council referred the matter back to council for a decision.
Documents show poor street lighting around the stadium raised concerns for spectators attending Bruce Springsteen‘s concert in the old stadium in 2013, and those attending Ed Sheeran’s three-night concert series in the stadium renovated in 2018, when the concert promoter had to rent mobile lightweight platforms for the approach roads.
The council said that following an increase in nighttime GAA facilities at the new stadium, the Garda Traffic Corps also expressed concern about poor lighting in the area.
The county council said it believed it reached an agreement in January 2015 to calculate the amount only for the council to “add another 2 km of road” in May 2016 and that it argued that the roads are ” not specific or exceptional to Páirc Uí. Chaoimh “.
But planning inspector Hugh Morrison said the renovated stadium would increase nighttime road use and said the county council’s request to pay 48% was reasonable.
In the meantime, the city council has pedestrianized the marina and is undertaking major regeneration work along the old railway line.