Thursday 21 November 2019

Movement needed on footpath works

Cathy Lee at Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District meeting

Councillors agreed that they wanted the Gorey to Courtown footpath project completed over the next five years, and so Cllr Malcolm Byrne said that to get this completed it 'needs movement'.

Director of services Eddie Taaffe described requiring land in this case as the 'big unknown'.

He said that the next section will see more work involved, certainly more engineering work than any earlier sessions.

'We will keep it going one step at a time. Looking to 2020, securing all remaining land is key to get the land issue out of the way. We need to secure access to land over the winter months that we need to finish it out,' he said.

Cllr Pip Breen suggested starting the works from the lower end to keep it moving but was told that land access would still be the key issue on either end.

'Speaking in a practical sense, it would be do-able from Courtown down to the river,' said Cllr Breen.

Cllr Byrne suggested that early in the new year, that the item would return to the agenda for the February meeting for a progress update.

Cllr Diarmuid Devereux asked if there would be any chance of building routes for cyclists as part of this plan.

'To have a cycle lane from Gorey to Courtown would be very worthwhile,' he said.

Answering this, engineer Neville Shaw said 'We can look at that definitely'.

Enniscorthy Guardian