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Another stage progressing the provision of a stretch of Carlingford Lough Greenway linking Victoria Lough to the border has been agreed following last nights Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

Councillors agreed to approve the Business Case for the Carlingford Lough Greenway ‘Site Investigation Study’. It is expected that the Site study will be around £50k which would be 100% grant aided through the Interreg programme. They also agreed to consider a £40k contribution towards the Greenway project from the Council's Capital Programme for 2021/22.  The item was proposed by Cllr Gary Stokes and seconded by Cllr Roisin Mulgrew.

Victoria Lock on the Carlingford Lough Greenway. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Victoria Lock on the Carlingford Lough Greenway. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Cllr Stokes commented “I spent quite a bit of time over the holidays on both sections both the Newry to Omeath and the Omeath to Carlingford. It’s really well used, runners, walkers, cyclists, great to see and it will be great to see this complete.”

A Planning application was submitted by Newry, Mourne and Down Council in August 2020 for the construction of the 2km stretch taking the greenway to the border. The application describes the “Construction of a 2.01Km shared walking and cycling greenway incorporating a 5m wide greenway corridor to include: a 2-3m shared pedestrian and cyclist path; a 0.5-1m wide buffer area for drainage (where required); and a 0.5-1m buffer to provide suitable boundary fencing (where required), together with associated site works including directional signage for greenway users, 15 no. bicycle parking spaces within Victoria Lock, vehicle safety barriers, retaining walls, vegetation clearance, re-surfacing and path repairs, drainage works, two uncontrolled pedestrian crossings each with a street lighting column, road markings including coloured surfacing, traffic signage and accommodation works” No decision on the planning application is expected until mid 2021.

Speaking on the project Cllr Mulgrew added “It has been a fantastic piece of work so far and we need to see it through to the end. Absolutely fantastic asset.”

Louth County Council are also going through a planning approval process though their on-site works aren’t expected to commence until late 2021 early 2022.

At present Council officials are meeting affected land owners on the northern section to sign land tenure agreements which would enable Council to take on responsibility for the Greenway. One landowner isn’t signing and council have agreed to proceed to take the necessary legal action including potentially vesting the property to secure the required land title to allow the Carlingford lough greenway project to proceed.

Last night's decision is subject to ratification at the full council meeting in February.

 

 

 

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