Well, I've just popped off an email about this to the councillors. Hopefully get a response. If you wanna do the same:firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you just write you are a surfer, you spend money in Ireland when you surf there and you don't want the wave to be damaged it don't matter. As long as they get an idea of how many people are against this it would be better than nothing.
Here's what I spieled off:
I have emailed you all because recently there has been much discussion regarding the proposed development of the pier facilities at Doolin. I hear there has now been a couple of meetings to determine the fate of the proposals and the scheme itself.
I shall keep this short as you are no doubt all very busy people. I would like to draw your attention to the information on this website, http://surferspath.mpora.com/featured-c ... pdate.html
concerning the Pier. I am a surfer myself who has visited the site in question. I fully intend to do so again as soon as possible, there are many others like me.
My request to you is to look at the information presented with an open mind and try and judge if the cases presented by all parties are accurate and viable and whether they serve the best interests of all parties for the betterment of the local area and Ireland as a whole.
Many people travel to Ireland to surf. The waves that are under threat are as iconic to a surfer as locations like The Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pyramids are to travellers the world over. These are the draw cards for these areas much like Doolin and Crab Island are for surfers to Ireland. The knock on effect of removing these locations of historical and natural importance would be felt throughout the local economy, not just at the entrance gate. Shops, hotels, restaurants would all loose trade if any of these were torn down. The same effect will be felt on the growing Irish surf industry and the local businesses it supports if Ireland were to be seen to be removing it's most precious landmarks.
Although you may not recognise an Island, area of rock or a surf location as being a huge tourist attraction, the numbers of surfers and surf tourists are increasing year on year with figures to prove this. Once the damage has been done to this location it will be irreversible so please consider carefully. You can rebuild The Eiffel Tower but it has taken nature millennia of erosion to sculpt the rocks to be just right so a world renowned surf location to emerge.
Can I also draw your attention to: http://www.clarecoco.ie/planning/public ... n-5749.pdf
Pg52 as labelled:
"Draft North Clare Local Area Plan 2011-2017
2. To provide for the development of a diverse tourism product which
offers potential to expand the tourism season to provide year-round
employment and economic activity."
I would highlight that surfing is a year round activity. Yes there are seasons, however, Ireland is ideally situated next to one of the most active Oceans for storm and surf development to see quality surf all year round. As such the level of tourism is unique in that the industry does not rely fully on seasonal traits.
Thank you for listening and I hope I have highlighted the need for accuracy and careful consideration to this project.
Please contact me if you have any other questions. I thank you again for you time.