COUNCILLOR WANTS O’BRIEN HONOUR FOR FLEADH
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.’
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