All sup­port is needed for 17km walk­way from Morn­ing­ton

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE Boy­ne­side Trail is an am­bi­tious project to build a 17 km cy­cle­way route from the Maiden Tower, Morn­ing­ton, Co Meath to the Bru na Boinne In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre.

A pub­lic meet­ing will be held on Wed 11 Oc­to­ber 7:30pm in the West­court Ho­tel, Drogheda to up­date ev­ery­one on the progress to date, the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead and an ac­tion plan to get the route built.

To date the Boy­ne­side Trail have as­sisted in lob­by­ing the Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity, in con­junc­tion with Meath County Coun­cil, for fund­ing for the route from the end of the ram­parts to the Old­bridge Es­tate. They have com­pleted a fea­si­bil­ity study look­ing at the pro­posed route from Maiden Tower to Drogheda. They have met with all known landown­ers, in­clud­ing Drogheda Port Com­pany who have been very sup­port­ive of the project.

In Fe­bru­ary 2017 Meath County Coun­cil ap­pointed con­sult­ing en­gi­neers DBFL to com­plete all nec­es­sary plans and as­sess­ments to bring the route from Maiden Tower at Morn­ing­ton to Drogheda and the Drogheda Town links to plan­ning.

It is crit­i­cal that this plan­ning work is com­pleted on time, so that the project is avail­able for cap­i­tal fund­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser Ge­off Fitz­patrick “We are com­pet­ing with other re­gions in Ire­land such as Mullingar/ Athlone and Water­ford/Dun­gar­van, pro­jects that have been com­pleted in the re­cent past. It’s up to Drogheda to put its case for­ward and en­sure we are in the pot for na­tional fund­ing. If we are se­ri­ous about build­ing sus­tain­able tourism and creat­ing jobs this needs to hap­pen.”

All lo­cal TDs and Coun­cil­lors in Louth and East Meath have been in­vited along with The Na­tional Trans­port Au­thor­ity, Boyne Val­ley Tourism, Failte Ire­land, Meath and Louth County Coun­cils.

Peter Mon­a­han, Chair­man said, “The mo­men­tum on this project needs to be main­tained and we need com­mit­ment from all con­cerned to make this hap­pen. It is crit­i­cal that we get the Morn­ing­ton to Drogheda route to plan­ning stage, so that, it is a shovel ready project avail­able for cap­i­tal fund­ing.”

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