Council to go CPO route to secure road

Published 29/01/2013 | 12:22

The Holywell distributor road is seen as vital to taking large volumes of traffic off the raods in the area.

THE COUNCIL has finally decided to go the compulsory purchase order route to secure a vital relief road for the estate after it ran out of patience with a single landowner who has delayed the project.

In response to a question on the issue from Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), the council confirmed for the first time that it has decided to initiate a compulsory purchase order for land required for the new road. The council's transportation department explained: ' The council is ready to go to tender for the above works . It is, however, unable to do so until the transfer of the required lands has been affected. ' Two of the three owners involved have indicated their willingness to proceed so as to enable the construction of the proposed road. The third owner has not cooperated with the Councils approach, to date. Consequently, it has been decided to initiate the compulsory purchase procedure for the required lands.' Work should have started on the project last September but the land acquisition problems have led to delay after delay. The distributor road is seen as vital to taking large volumes of traffic off the huge Swords estate and is particularly urgent with new schools and community buildings opening in the area. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has made €575,000 available under the Sustainable Transport Measures Programme for 2012 for the construction of the Holywell Link Road.

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