Farm Ireland

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Western cycleway still in log-jam

The Galway Greenway is a project to develop a 78km route.
The Galway Greenway is a project to develop a 78km route.

Ken Whelan

Discussions with farmers and homeowners along the planned cycleway from Galway city to Clifden are continuing to push for a "substantial agreement".

Galway County Council said it was preparing its planning submissions for An Bord Pleanala on the tourist initiative.

Galway county secretary Michael Owens said there was no schedule of Compulsory Purchase Orders in the planning documents. He said they welcomed further discussion with those who own land and homes along the old Galway-Clifden railway line that forms part of the route.

The Galway Greenway is a project to develop a 78km traffic-free walking and cycle trail between Galway and Clifden in Co Galway.

Farmers are against the use of CPOs for land along the route and have raised concerns over bio-security issues.

Suckler farmer Martin Gibbons, on the Oughterard-Clifden side of the route, who is chairing a new interest group, said authorities were losing the "goodwill of the people" over the way the project is progressing.

His farm is split by the railway line and the route comes within 20m of his shed.

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has called on authorities to persevere with the consultation process for the route, urging them to meet the owners without any "implied threats of CPOs".

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