Locals plan to appeal battery storage in east Kerry planning

Locals in east Kerry say they will be lodging an appeal against planning permission for a battery storage facility on health and safety grounds.

Kerry County Council has granted planning to Redfaze Limited, subject to conditions, for the 40-battery unit storage, transformers and associated equipment at Ballynahulla, Ballydesmond.

The batteries store excess energy produced by wind farms and are a new technology for Ireland.

A group of concerned residents in Ballynahulla is hosting a second public meeting tomorrow night in Ballydesmond Community Centre at 8 o’clock.

They are preparing an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

Anita O’Sullivan, who is part of the group, says they are worried about the risk of a fire breaking out at the facility and  the noise levels being created: