A popular local motorcycle club has been granted a one-year planning permission extension for its motocross track in Letterkenny.
The Errigal Motorcycle Club had sought ‘retention’ permission from Donegal County Council to retain their race track, time-keeper container and speakers at Ballyraine.
There were no objections to the application.
The club had been granted a temporary three-year permission which expired in July of last year.
In considering the application, planners said only a 12-month extension could be considered as the track is on the route of the proposed Bonagee Link Road. They added that its continued temporary use is considered appropriate, on a one-year basis, until the new road comes to fruition. In addition, there can only be four events per calendar year and these must take place on Sundays.
The motorcycle track was constructed on a disused pitch-and-putt on lands behind the Pin Tavern. The track hosts an average of 80 riders during events four times per year.
A noise test was submitted as part of the application to show that noise levels were below limits.
In their submission, organisers said they have been running events for Errigal Motocross in and around Letterkenny for over thirty years and to date have not had any incidents involving public transport. Taking into consideration the small number of people attending these Sunday events, and the phased entry and exit to the site, they said the traffic associated with the development will bear no negative or significant impact on the existing traffic using the Ramelton Road.Tags: