The long running saga over An Bord Pleánala’s decision to grant planning permission, to developer Michael Ryan, for apartments on the only green space available for children to play on, at Ashbourne’s Millbourne estate took another twist earlier today.

Residents, who currently have a Judicial Review before the courts which is looking at documents received by the planning board in reply to a case outlined by residents opposing the application for permission to build, were shocked to see workers erecting two new gates which block access to the green space.

And even worse news was to follow as the workers advised locals that the gates were put in place as construction work on the apartments is close to starting.

However later this afternoon the resident’s legal team received assurances this will not happen.

Local Independent councillor Joe Bonner has reacted furiously to what happened.

He told Meath Live, ‘ It’s shocking news for the residents to receive, what is especially annoying for people is it was done the day before kids start their summer holidays and leaves them with no access to the only area they have to play on.

‘I regularly cut the grass for the residents and was due to do so today but now cannot get in to do it.

‘There is a judicial review ongoing at the moment, it is currently adjourned until October 5th and while I accept that is no legal impediment to the developer doing what he has done common sense would suggest any works should be on hold until that decision has been reached’.

One local source said, ‘It is difficult to resolve any dispute if one side engages in what can only be described as provocative action.’Ashbourne Joe