Objection to proposed soccer academy, Turvey sign now

Dear Councillors,

We the undersigned object to the proposed development of a Soccer Academy at Turvey Park in Donabate.

Turvey is a hugely important site in terms of flora and fauna. Species we know to inhabit the area include: rabbits, badgers, otters, Irish hares, foxes, invertebrates (bees, butterflies and damselflies), three bat species (Soprano Pipistrelle, Common Pipistrelle, Leislers Bat) and birds such as yellowhammers, finches, tree sparrows, kingfishers, merlins, thrushes, waxwings, barn owls and short-eared owls.

Rogerstown Estuary which lies adjacent to Turvey is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), proposed Natural Heritage Area (NHA), National Nature Reserve and RAMSAR (Designated Wetland of International Importance).

We believe that the building of a soccer academy so close to such an important conservation area would have a detrimental effect on the local wildlife through the disruption caused by building, light and noise pollution and increased levels of traffic at the entrance to and throughout the site.

Turvey Park has become an important educational amenity used by local schools to educate children about their environment and the importance of conservation. Local voluntary groups have conducted tree planting days (for National Tree Week) and instigated a variety of conservation projects in Turvey Park. We respectfully suggest that building in such an important conservation area flies in the face of such good works, many of which have been supported and enabled by Fingal County Council.

Although we applaud the sentiment behind the building of such a sports amenity we believe the site at Turvey is inappropriate on many levels. Not only will it have a detrimental effect on local wildlife, the local infrastructure such as roads, pavements, lighting and public transport is inadequate and as such will not enable young people to attend the site in safety.

We respectfully request you to reject this proposal.

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