Information supplied containing ownership of former Gala cinema

By Maurice Garvey

RECEIVERS for a former bingo hall and cinema in Ballyfermot have supplied details containing their ownership to the title of lands located to the rear of the building.

Receiver for the Gala building, Tom Kavanagh, has applied for planning permission to change the use of the Ballyfermot Road building into a Dealz retail store.

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Dublin City Council sought additional information surrounding the provision of parking for customer and deliveries to the building.

They also noted private property located between Blackditch Road and the Gala building, over which it is proposed to provide vehicular access for the development.

Information provided to council planners on behalf of Mr Kavanagh, said the applicant’s title lease is for a term of 500 years derived from 1954.

The lands comprise a larger plot – parts of which, were sold off by predecessors in title to the owner over the years.

However the plot of land in question, over which vehicular access is to be provided, is still included in the large land-holding.

The applicant intends to erect signage to the rear of the building, and deliveries will be carried out daily and weekly only on Blackditch Road, rather than the much busier Ballyfermot Road.

A number of objections have been lodged by local business owners, citing concerns for the potential impact the proposed 120,000 sq m Dealz store could have on existing traders.

They also express dismay that nothing will be done to enhance or modernise the exterior of the building – which opened as a cinema in 1955 and had many uses, before receivers were appointed in 2014.

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh made a submission, calling for asbestos sheets on the roof of the building to be removed before any work takes place.

A decision has not yet been made by the council on the application.

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