No plan to clean up But­ter­gate

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE his­toric But­ter­gate mon­u­ment is com­pletely over­grown with veg­e­ta­tion and work needs to be car­ried out to im­prove the area, coun­cil­lors have agreed.

A mo­tion brought byCoun­cil­lor Kevin Cal­lan call­ing on the coun­cil to un­der­take the nec­es­sary works and pro­cesses to allow for the But­ter Gate to be cleared of veg­e­ta­tion was unan­i­mously passed.

He also said the his­toric mon­um­net should be made ac­ces­si­ble as a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion via the Joe Stan­ley 1916 gar­den.

‘This ef­fort will form part of the town and coun­cils ap­proach to cher­ish­ing and pro­tect­ing and util­is­ing our town gates and walls,’ he said in the mo­tion. ‘We’ve just fin­ished deal­ing with Lau­rence Gate and the mes­sage has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive,’ he said.

He pro­posed the coun­cil at­tempt to get guardian­ship ac­cess to the land and pro­posed a meet­ing with the rel­e­vant di­rec­tor and staff to look at get­ting this done.

‘It’s very sim­ple, the veg­e­ta­tion around it needs to go so that it is vis­i­ble to the public,’ he said.

Cllr Cal­lan also re­vealed that in the 1950s the coun­cil wanted to de­mol­ish the gate and it was the public who saved it.

‘The Town Clerk at the time said: ‘We can’t be ex­pected to main­tain ev­ery pile of rub­bish around the place’

Sup­port­ing the mo­tion, Coun­cil­lor Richie Cul­hane de­scribed the But­ter­gate as ‘one of the his­tor­i­cal jew­els in our crown’.

‘I hope the coun­cil can move pretty quickly on this is­sue,’ he said.

Coun­cil­lor Frank God­frey said the coun­cil should look into es­ti­mates for the ac­qui­si­tion of the land.

Coun­cil­lor Oliver Tully said this was some­thing which needs to be tended to ev­ery 12 months as the veg­e­ta­tion grows back.

‘It’s the county coun­cil that should be try­ing to se­cure the prop­erty so we can look af­ter it,’ he said. ‘If it’s in our own­er­ship then we can main­tain it.’

In a writ­ten re­sponse to the mo­tion, the coun­cil said there are no plans and no re­sources at present to se­cure own­er­ship or ac­cess to the lands.

‘The lands in the con­trol of Louth County Coun­cil sur­round­ing the Joe Stan­ley 1916 Gar­den are main­tained to a high stan­dard,’ it said.

The But­ter­gate

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