News that work is to commence on a new beach access path at Rosslare Harbour was warmly greeted at the September meeting of Rosslare Municipal District Council.
Senior Executive Engineer Rory O'Mahony presented a welcome progress update to the members. He stated that the beach access path was identified in the 2017 Health Check & Action Plan prepared under the Town & Village Renewal project for Rosslare Harbour and had seen crucial input from Rosslare Harbour Kilrane Community Development Group and the Rosslare Harbour Environmental Group.
The new 400m of path is to provide a link from the existing lower beach loop to the cliff top and will form part of the Sli Charman Coastal Trail for the county. Importantly, the project also includes long awaited resurfacing to the beach carpark and will provide 40 parking spaces.
One thing which was noted by Cllr Jim Moore was that neither Irish Rail, who own the beach car park, nor the OPW had contributed funds towards the work. Mr O'Mahony said that he had written to Irish Rail for comment and permission and was waiting to hear back.
'It's disappointing that Irish Rail are not contributing anything to it,' Cllr Moore said.
'Years ago there was a walkway to the headland and it got broken up and washed away in a storm. The OPW didn't have any funding to repair it at the time. Great work has been done in the meantime to find money from other sources and it's great to see some movement on it.'
Cllr Lisa McDonald said that there had been great feedback for the part of the beach loop that's already completed.
'People are delighted to be using it, particularly the locals,' she said. 'Now we'll have to look into promoting it further.'
Cllr McDonald also asked that the installation of durable signing would also be a priority on the trail.
Mr O'Mahony says that tender documents for the project were due to be signed last week and he expected contractors on site by the end of the month. He anticipated that work should be completed in approximately two months. 'The path up the cliff is tricky, but it is definitely doable,' he said.