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Cllr Wayne Harding hopes Slane Bridge can become proper bathing spot

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Three generations of the Harding family swim at the Slane Bridge.

Three generations of the Harding family swim at the Slane Bridge.

Three generations of the Harding family swim at the Slane Bridge.

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New East Meath Cathaoirleach Cllr Wayne Harding says that should an application for bathing status near Slane Bridge on the River Boyne be successful, it will greatly improve water safety for all bathers.

"The sluice at Slane bridge is incredibly well utilized and is a very popular spot all year round but particularly in summertime,” he said.

"These beauty spots unfortunately come with significant safety issues and this would help not just safety and water quality but also access, and enhance the area as a community amenity,” says Cllr Harding.

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“The Boyne Greenway is well advanced and each addition along the way will add to the user experience. There have been beautiful picnic benches installed with disabled access at the bridge and an upgrade of parking would be very welcome”.

Surveys have been carried out on usage as part of the application and numbers during warm spells are very high.

"My father swam here as a child, I did too and now my children are. There are many families in the area who would have done the same throughout the years,” he adds. “It’s a natural amenity and with that comes the dangers of rivers, so a constructive effort to regularize safety, water quality and access can only be positive".


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