Re­quest for coastal walk de­vel­op­ment

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CALLS HAVE been made to have the coastal walk de­vel­oped from Grey­stones to Wick­low Town, as lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives say Ir­ish Rail are putting fences in the wrong place.

‘This is a great walk but must be im­proved be­fore it can be used by more peo­ple,’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell on the pop­u­lar walk­ers’ route. He said that one is­sue is the Breeches rail bridge at New­cas­tle, which he said needs a foot­path on the side.

‘This would com­ple­ment the Cliff Walk to Bray and one could get a train to one end and walk one way. Few walks would be so ac­ces­si­ble to pub­lic trans­port.’

An­other area high­lighted by Cllr. Mitchell is the rail line at Five Mile Point, where he said the fenc­ing is in the wrong place, too close to the rock ar­mour, forc­ing walk­ers from grey­stones on to the track side of the fence or the beach which dam­ages the sen­si­tive plants.

Cllr. Mitchell said that the track must be fenced off from the walk­ing path and a path welded on to the side of two rail bridges for safety rea­sons. ‘Ir­ish Rail have put fences in the wrong place, too close to the rock ar­mour, forc­ing walk­ers to walk on the track side of the fence or the beach which dam­ages the sen­si­tive plants.’

The Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil added that he has had a pos­i­tive meet­ing with Ir­ish Rail and The Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice and hopes to get a plan put to­gether which takes into ac­count the needs of rail safety walk­ers as well as the sen­si­tive en­vi­ron­ment in the area.

He added that parts of the walk are un­der heavy en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

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