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Council pleased with public response to consultation on new Leitrim blueway

Aug 5, 2022 12:08 By Shannonside News
Council pleased with public response to consultation on new Leitrim blueway Council pleased with public response to consultation on new Leitrim blueway
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It's hoped the project could be ready to build by 2025.

Leitrim County Council has expressed its satisfaction at the response to its consultation day for its proposed blueway.

The event was held yesterday at the Bush Hotel which allowed landowners and the public to examine the emerging preferred route corridor.

The local authority is hoping to develop an 11km link between Carrick-on-Shannon to Leitrim village and onto the existing Battlebridge blueway which allows access to Acres Lake in Drumshanbo.

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Almost 50 people attended the consultation and the council say questions surrounding the width of the path as well as the impact it might have on the environment were raised.

It’s expected the route will be as close to the river as possible with 4 to 10 metres of land required.

Project Manager Conor McCarthy from Jennings O'Donovan Consultants in Sligo says the reaction was positive and he explains the next stage of the process:

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"The time for us is one year from now to get to An Bord Pleanala so that's mid-2023 and I suppose we would be expecting a positive outcome from  ABP at the end of 2024.

At that stage  the Council can proceed to construction so eighteen months to two years to build and that takes us up to the end of 2025, so early 2026."

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