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THERE are fears that the com­mu­nity group be­hind en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns with the new Ardee by­pass will lodge an ob­jec­tion to it.

How­ever, Louth CC re­main de­ter­mined to start the pro­ject be­fore the end of the year as they say per­mis­sion was given over a decade ago for the road.

Speak­ing at last week’s area coun­cil meet­ing, Cllr Dolores Minogue said she un­der­stood the com­cerns but feels the by­pass has to go ahead.

‘If there’s ob­jec­tions, could we lose it?’, she asked Di­rec­tor of Services Joe McGuin­ness. ‘There is no fa­cil­ity for ob­jec­tions. We have gone be­yond ob­jec­tions’, he replied.

Cllr Jim Tenanty feared that there could be le­gal ac­tion as he be­lieved funds were be­ing col­lected for an ac­tion.

He said if more land was deemed to be re­quired, it would be sub­ject to a CPO, adding four or five years to the plan.

‘We have to go by leg­is­la­tion and plan­ning’, he stated.

‘Ardee can­not af­ford not to have this by­pass.if there’s an ob­jec­tion it will have a se­ri­ous ef­fect on it’, Cllr Colm Markey claimed. ‘For risk of los­ing it, could some ac­com­mo­da­tion be made.’

Cllr Pearse McGeough said so­lu­tions were there and he feels an over­bridge could be the an­swer. ‘It will be a disas­ter if the road is blocked’, he warned. ‘I think peo­ple will take time out and look at it.’

The fa­mous Ardee bog­lands

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