A large number of residents in north Mayo are objecting to a planned greenway between Ballina to Killala, according to local media.
The project dubbed “Monasteries of the Moy” greenway was allocated €250,000 of a batch of €10m funding for greenways and on-road cycle routes across Ireland which was announced before the local elections.
Yesterday, a local newspaper, the Western People (behind paywall), reported that 80 submissions of objection had been filed against the project.
On a front page story, the newspaper quoted local resident Tommy Peyton as saying: “No farmer is going to let them [Mayo Co Council] inside the the ditch.” He said there had been a lack of consultation.
The council said that if the part 8 planning process for the project is not approved that national funding for the project will be lost. It said there would be further planning stages for the sections of the route which crosses private lands.
The 15.8 km route is part of Mayo County Council’s plan to have linked greenways between Killala, Ballian, Foxford, Castlebar, Westport and the Co Galway, which would link with a greenway being planned by Galway County Council and to the Great Western Greenway at Westport. As part of this a 9 km greenway between Castlebar and the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co Mayo is set to open “in the near future”.
Mayo County Council describes the Killala-Ballina project as a pathway “3 to 4 metre wide, finished with a crushed limestone surface. The works will include fencing, gateways, culverts, drainage, signage and all associated siteworks.”
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Submissions can be made in writing Mary Gordon, SSO, Ballina Civic Offices, Arran Place, Ballina, not later than 4pm on the July 31, 2014. Maps and an Ecological Impact Assessment can be downloaded on Mayo County Council’s website.