Savage suggests new location for Dundalk FC stadium
https://www.lmfm.ie/news/savage-suggest ... fc-stadiu/
The Fianna Fáil councillor has proposed it be developed on the former town landfill on the Newry Road.
Fianna Fáil councillor Peter Savage has suggested that part of the former town landfill in Dundalk could be used as a new grounds for Dundalk Football Club and the town's cricket club.
The land - which covers over 30 acres between the old Newry Road and the Inner Relief Road, has not been developed due to the presence of gas on the site.
However, Cllr. Savage's party colleague Conor Keelan asked at Louth County Council's monthly meeting that representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency attend a meeting of the local authority to discuss the issue.
The former Dundalk Town Council and its predecessor Dundalk Urban District Council had plans to turn part of the land into playing pitches for local sports clubs once it is deemed safe for use.
However, Cllr. Savage says the site provides an opportunity on a much bigger scale - for Dundalk Football Club to develop a new stadium.
He is also suggesting that it could be a new home for Dundalk Cricket Club which is currently based in Dromiskin.
You would think that there are local elections due in 2019 or something. Conor echoing his Dad's thoughts from 12 years ago.
Peter Savage is not the not the first float an idea for the old dump albeit in different guises. Early 90s a former town architect had a great design for an amphitheatre, suggesting the closing of landfill sites in general, ramp up the focus on recycling, banning single use shopping bags and non biodegradable plastics, nappies etc, not burying toxic waste that puts that land out of use for decades.The site closed over ten years later and we still are sloppy on recycling and enviornmental issues in the country in generalhttps://www.independent.ie/regionals/ar ... 05855.html
Huge amounts of filling and soil were needed to cover up the dump and the looked like perfect municipal bank of playing fields except that regardless of the costly tidy up the area had 20 years minimum before it could be considered for public use. The time has been extended on numerous occasions by the EPA.
There was also the GAA v Soccer battle where positioning of permanent goalposts for soccer was put on hold (if the land had been called safe to use) as the GAA didnt want permanent soccer posts and to be willing to share the grounds with soccer then mobiles goals were to be used. Dedicated pitches for each sport werent acceptable as for example a GAA angle was 'what if they had a blitz comp, the soccer goals couldnt be left there' (No an issue at DkIT hosted blitzs!?). There was no GAA club in mind for a move to that area with Dowdallshill GFC fine with St Brigids Park. Clan na Gael wanted primary access but Dowdalshill GFC objected to the move in to their area so there was some internal wrangling too. It wouldnt be a surprise to see all this again though hopefully things have moved on from 2006.
If it were possible it wouldnt be the worst site for a new ground though it wasnt a consideration for a County Ground. There is the land that the planning permission for the Altitude project was overturned by ABP in the vicinity based on insufficient services in the area. Clashes with matchnight and racenights would crop up too. Is a football pitch big enough for a cricket oval? At least the pitch would be kepts well if so.
Mal Brannigan has said that the club had looked at options and decided everything that they needed was in Oriel. location, railway station etc but while that might be true and the vast majority of fans want an improved Oriel Park where it is, it is also quite convenient in the way it seems to fit with the owners seeming lack of plans for much to be done. All moot points until the clubs says anything contrary to what has been said to date. The interview with James Rogers mentioned by Ezeikial above that started us hoping for some news, I think the improvements being referred to were the additions to the YDC with the video analysis and sports science facilities and not supporters facilities. We wil probably see the bar being opened in the YDC before anything else and with some common sense fan access to the toilet facilities etc there isnt a huge leap, well maybe it is over the portaloos. ....