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Council to meet with landowner to discuss access issues at lighthouse road in Wicklow Town

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Cllr Mary Kavanagh.

Cllr Mary Kavanagh.

Cllr Gail Dunne.

Cllr Gail Dunne.

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Cllr Mary Kavanagh.

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WICKLOW County Council will hold talks with a landowner after access to the Wicklow Head Lighthouse was closed off.

Locals and visitors attempting to access the popular scenic walk are being restricted, and the elected members of Wicklow Municipal District have been inundated with complaints.

Cllr Gail Dunne was the first to raise the issue as he stated: “There is a security guard on the lighthouse road stopping people from going to the lighthouse. It’s a traditional walk for people and I know there was previous dialogue between the landowner and the Council before Covid. Could we open up dialogue again so we get a solution?”

Cllr Irene Winters stated she had also been contacted by lots of people concerned by the issue.

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“Hopefully the Council can talk to the landowner and come to some agreement, hopefully mutually, and access can be returned.”

Cllr Mary Kavanagh said she had carried out some background research.

“There is a bit of a disagreement over what type of right of way exists. It would be helpful if any agreement in principal could be reached with the landowner. There is a legal term available whereby you agree in principal to allow people traverse the land without it being set in stone.”

District Engineer Kevin Scanlon acknowledged there was an issue with the lighthouse road and the Council are looking to engage with the landowner.

“We had resolved the issues last summer. We are currently talking to the Commissioners of Irish Lights and our insurers. We are looking to meet with the landowner and hopefully things will be as easy and straightforward as last time.”


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