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Council planning two Greenway extensions from Carlingford to border

Council planning two Greenway extensions from Carlingford to border

Louth County Council has given notice of its intention to carry out development of two greenway extensions from Carlingford to the border with Northern Ireland.

The first section will be from the Station House in Carlingford town to Carlingford Marina along the shore of Carlingford Lough/the R173 and under the bridge of King John’s Castle in the townland of the Liberties of Carlingford.

The proposed greenway, measuring approx. 2.65 km in length, will be predominantly located in the town realm of Carlingford and it will mainly traverse hard surfaced areas.

Louth County Council has also given notice of its intention to carry out development of a greenway from Omeath Pier in Omeath to the County Bridge along the R173 Fathom Line at the national border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the townlands of Cornamucklagh, Drummullagh, Knocknagoran and Lislea.

The proposed greenway, measuring approx. 4.2 km in length, will mainly traverse agricultural land and woodland belonging to a number of landowners and generally be situated between/along the old rail line embankment and the shore/coastline of Carlingford Lough.

The proposed greenway extensions will connect to existing and future sections of the overall cross-border Carlingford Lough Greenway network which seeks to encourage more people to walk and cycle and undertake more cross border trips, either for recreational, amenity or travel to work purposes.

The first proposal from Carlingford town to Carlingford Marina will utilise existing hard surfaces where available comprising separate pedestrian and cyclist routes and a shared walking and cycling greenway which will incorporate the following components:

  • a shared use vehicle and cycle facility along Back Lane, Dundalk Street, Church Road and Newry Street and a segregated cycle lane from Back Lane along the land side of the R173 to the entrance of Carlingford Marina
  • a new pedestrian asphalt footpath along the R173 and associated kerbing and fencing from King John’s Bridge to the Carlingford Marina access junction
  • new traffic calming measures and road crossings along the R173 including road cushions, traffic calming gateway , anti-skid surfacing, road markings and signage
  • new street lighting along the section of greenway from King John’s Bridge to the Carlingford Marina access junction;
  • all necessary site works including trail head improvements, informative boards, directional signage and relocation of existing picnic benches and recycling facilities.

In addition to the above, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 81(2)(c) of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001, the proposed development comprises the carrying out of works which will not materially affect the character of a protected structure, namely King John’s Castle or those within the designated Carlingford Architectural Conservation Area.

In accordance with Article 81(ca) and 120(1B)(b)(i) of the above-mentioned regulations, Louth County Council, as the competent authority, has concluded from a Screening Determination, based on an examination of the nature, size and location of the proposed development that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development and as such has determined that an EIA is not required. The details of which are available to the general public.

At any time before the expiration of 4 weeks from the date of publication of this notice, any person may apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment.

Please note the proposed extension of the 50 kph speed limit along the R173 and the proposed reduction of speed along Back Lane, Newry Street and Dundalk Street to 30kph, although planned as part of this project, will be done so under a separate amendment process to the Speed Limit Bye Laws.

The second proposal will comprise a shared walking and cycling greenway ranging in width from 2 metres to 3 metres that will be constructed mainly with an unbound granular surface course.  It will also incorporate the following components:

  • a 1.2 m high post and rail timber fence or other appropriate boundary fencing on each side of the greenway including the installation of stock proof fencing, security fencing, privacy screening, planting and boundary walls where required;
  • an adjacent 0.5 – 1m wide over the edge ‘v-ditch’ drainage channel or french drain and a 0.5m buffer strip along the Greenway.;
  • a new box culvert as extension of existing culverted private accesses at L70541 (locally known as Shore Road) and installation of safety barriers where required and a 140 metre section of asphalt surface providing a shared surface along a private access;
  • additional cycle parking facilities and new trail head signage at Omeath Pier;
  • traffic and transport improvements such as new signage and road markings where the greenway interacts with public roads, access controls (pedestrian/cycle friendly gates), road markings and traffic calming measures; and
  • all necessary site works such as tree felling, route clearance, sea wall repairs and fencing.

In addition to the above, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 81(2)(c) of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001, the proposed development comprises the removal of a small 5m section of the boundary wall of Omra Park which will not materially affect the character of a protected structure.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection (or purchase during normal office hours from Tuesday 10th September to Tuesday 8th October 2019 (inclusive) at the following locations: Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 W20C and on their website.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, and clearly marked ‘Part 8 – Greenway from Carlingford Town to Carlingford Marina’ or ‘Part 8 – Greenway from Omeath Pier to National Border’, may be made in writing to Adrian Kerley, Project Coordinator at Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 W20C, before 5pm on Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

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