Tourist attraction: Tipperary Greenway proposal will link Dromineer to Ballina

Tipperary County Council has opened a public consultation forum on a 24km greenway project which will link the twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe to the lakeside village of Dromineer.

The consultation will remain open until September 22.

Local area residents, members of the public and other interested parties are invited to participate in a non-statutory public consultation on the study area and constraints of the proposed Lough Derg Greenway project.

Tipperary County Council, in partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), has begun development of the Lough Derg Greenway project, a walking and cycling route that would link Ballina and Dromineer.

In addition to connecting the towns themselves, it is expected that the greenway would improve accessibility to other local attractions in the area. It is also envisaged that this greenway will eventually become part of the proposed national cycle network.

The vision of Lough Derg Greenway is to create a walking and cycling route adjacent to or overlooking Lough Derg that provides a world-class recreational experience for people of all ages and abilities that will serve the local community and attract tourism to the area.

The greenway will be developed in accordance with the Code of Practice for National and Regional Greenways and will seek to integrate and enhance the existing natural and built features of the region in cooperation with the communities it passes through.

The development of a project of this nature involves several stages.

The current stage of this project is phase 1: concept and feasibility. As part of this phase, a concept and feasibility report will be drawn up, which will take into account the justification for the project as well as all the technical and environmental constraints that may have an impact on the development of the project. This report will involve desk survey and non-intrusive site surveys. If you would like to know more about the proposed crossings on the site or have any objections to the crossings in the study area, please contact the project team at the contact details provided below.

As part of this project, the contribution of the local and general public will be a critical factor in ensuring the maximum benefit of the project for the region. Therefore, this public consultation is organized as the first step in the project process to enable the collection of this data and inform the development of the project from its design phase. Tipperary County Council is now inviting members of the public to comment on the featured study area.

The study area map and scheme brochure are now available for viewing at:

– Nenagh Municipal Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, County Tipperary, E45 A099

– Killaloe Public Library, The Lock House Killaloe, County Clare, V94 ED83 (please note public opening times may vary)
by following the link to http://www.loughderggreenway.ie

These documents can be consulted during normal office hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday until Monday, September 19.

You can submit your opinions and comments using the online feedback form available on the project website at www.loughderggreenway.ie; by email to loughderggreenway@c3.ie; by post addressed to: FAO – Clandillon Civil Consulting, Loughderg Greenway Project Team, Osprey Business Centre, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Co. Kildare. W91 W0D0

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 4:40 p.m., Monday, September 19.

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Keith P. Plain