Monday 16th January, 2017
Tolan announces Consultants get the go-ahead for Boyneside Trail
In what has been a long road for the Boyneside Trail Committee, news from Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan this week, that consultants are to be appointed today Monday 16th January, to progress the Part 8 Planning for the Trail, was certainly a good start to 2017 for the group.
Tolan, who has championed the project and supported the committee all along in their endeavors, secured funding last year from Meath County Council and the NTA. Following a motion put down by Cllr Tolan last June, Meath County Council went out to tender for the Part 8 element of the project. This is the statutory process required for the council to secure planning permission from itself to deliver the project.
“I am delighted to see the Boyneside Trail another step closer to being delivered. Formal letters will be issued today Monday 16th to the successful and unsuccessful candidates to start the formal appointment process. This will allow consultants to begin the formal public consultation process involved in preparing Part 8 Planning. The Boyneside Trail Committee have to be commended for the work they have done so far, but in order to get this important piece of infrastructure delivered, it is now time for consultants to begin the public consultation and complete a detailed design that addresses any concerns the public may have. We must not be left wanting when it comes to Greenway projects suitable for Failte Ireland funding, and we must do all we can to ensure that we have excellent shovel ready proposals on the table that just cannot be refused capital investment. It will be crucial for all Councillors in our District to unite and support these projects in order to get them delivered for our community and I hope to see this when the Part 8 plans are complete.” said Tolan.
The Part 8 will cover the stretch, approx. 8.5km from Drogheda to Mornington and would complete the 18km long trail from the mouth of the Boyne to Oldbridge and provide a valuable amenity for both locals and tourists alike.
“This news is very welcome “confirmed Peter Monaghan, chair of the Boyneside Trail committee, “we have had so many setbacks over the past number of years that we began to doubt that this step would ever be taken” he admitted. Geoff Fitzpatrick stated “we are working hard to secure the cost for construction of the amenity but that effort cannot advance until the part 8 process is complete. A voluntary committee can only do so much but without the support of the local authorities and elected members with vision such as Councillor Tolan, delivery of important infrastructure like this cannot be accomplished”. The Third member of the group Eddie Phelan added, “we are extremely grateful for the political and moral support we have received to date from Councillor Tolan and we are confident that she will continue to support the project through to its completion”