Westmeath Quarry Argues Against “Tax” On Expansion

Written 2 months ago by Newsroom

A quarry operator will be charged nearly 20,000 euro a year to maintain a road between two Westmeath villages, if they proceed with expansion plans.

Connaughton Sand and Gravel wants to extract 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes of material annually from a site between Baylin and Mount Temple however planning permission was granted on the basis that a special contribution be paid.

The company appealed to An Bord Pleanala, arguing the amount was excessive, that it effectively amounted to a tax and that traffic would not increase significantly because of the quarry.

However, the inspector is backing council planners, noting the project would involve 20 to 40 heavy lorry movements each day, forcing a 200,000 euro road refurbishment within five years rather than ten.

The quarry firm was founded by the father of Westmeath GAA great Gary Connaughton.