Wednesday 22 May 2019

Make Greenway an election issue

The Boyneside Trail Committee are appealing to the voters in East Meath to keep the Boyne Greenway high on the agenda when speaking to Local Election Candidates ahead of the vote on 24th May.

Speaking this week. Chair of the Boyneside Trail Committee Peter Monahan explained "We have been working on this project for the past 7 years with incredible support from local people who want to see this beautiful walkway along the Boyne completed. The Oldbridge to Drogheda section is in place and the next major piece is, Drogheda to Mornington, is now approaching a critical stage."

He continued "All sitting councillors welcomed the proposal to proceed through the planning process at the Municipal District Council meeting in November 2018. At the end of the 3 month planning process the Councillor will have to vote again and it is important that the new council, both existing and new members, realise the importance of the Greenway for the area."

"The consultants have developed the most appropriate route which runs along the river side of the Marsh Road and Coast road and then on to Mornington. Imagine how this wonderful wide, safe, walking and cycling route from Drogheda to the Maiden tower will enhance quality of life for us all. It will provide the lighting and pedestrian infrastructure the local residents have been crying out for for so long" said Geoff Fitzpatrick Secretary of the boyneside Trail Committee

"We have seen the evidence, from Westport and Dungarvan, of the benefit a greenway can bring to a community, including jobs and tourism, and we cannot afford for our Greenway opportunity to be squandered by becoming a political football in the local elections" he continued.

Eddie Phelan, the technical advisor and committee member explained "The route has been set. Its alignment has been designed by the consultants to minimise the impact on residential properties. Although there will be some requirements to move front boundary walls of a small number of properties, that movement has been minimised and the residents in question will be compensated. I am confident that when the project is completed the benefits to the affected residents will significantly outweigh the necessary adjustments."

Eddie concluded "There are no more options to be looked at. This is it. We as a committee are asking the people of East Meath area to ensure that your newly elected representatives are fully aware of your support and desire for this facility for Mornington. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create a beautiful new amenity for us all to enjoy - let's not let it slip through our fingers!"

Drogheda Independent