Still hope for ski slope facility

The businessman behind the ambitious “Altitude” ski slope facility, which was rejected by An Bord Pleanala, says a smaller scale version of the facility may be possible in the future, The Dundalk Democrat can reveal.

The businessman behind the ambitious “Altitude” ski slope facility, which was rejected by An Bord Pleanala, says a smaller scale version of the facility may be possible in the future, The Dundalk Democrat can reveal.

Speaking to the paper yesterday (Monday) , Sam Curran of Innovative Leisure Systems Ltd said that he hasn’t “given up” on the Dundalk project.

“We will go back to the drawing board on the ski slope facility.

“We may have to trim the project down in size and propose it on a smaller scale.

“ I returned home from Canada last week where I held meetings on a number of projects.

“I still have hope for a down sized facility which would regenerate Dundalk.”

Along with the 13,500m2 snowflex slope facility, the e430million project included a water park, an indoor events arenas, an indoor and outdoor adventure park, cinema and bowling.

The project was to create 1,200 full time and more than 380 part-time jobs when fully operational.

The facility was expected to bring in 6.2 million visitors a year.

Dundalk Town Council and the Louth County Council had given the project the initial green light a number of years ago.

Although, An Bord Plenala definitively rejected the plans in 2012 on two grounds:, namely that zoning of the site would “lead to the creation of an unsustainable car-dependent development” contrary to Department of Transport “ Smarter Travel a Sustainable Transport Future - A New Transport Policy for Ireland 2009-2020 “; and due to the fact that the site was located “in an area subject to coastal flooding “ and there was a lack of “impact assessment” of bringing in 750,000 tonnes of fill material, something which “has not been justified”.

Moreover, “the need for the development to be located on this environmentally sensitive site has not been justified “