County Coun­cil grant per­mis­sion for new moun­tain bike trail

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THERE was fur­ther good news for Coolaney and in­deed Sligo last week as Sligo County Coun­cil granted plan­ning per­mis­sion to Coillte for the devel­op­ment of the moun­tain bike trail.

The pro­posed devel­op­ment con­sists of 80km of bike trails in­clud­ing bound­ary treat­ments, sig­nage and all associated works.

The pro­posed devel­op­ment also in­cludes a new build­ing con­tain­ing chang­ing and wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a cafe, bi­cy­cle hire fa­cil­i­ties, the con­struc­tion of park­ing ar­eas, a bike wash, the in­stal­la­tion of a waste wa­ter treat­ment plant and per­co­la­tion area and all associated works.

This is a wel­come devel­op­ment for the Coolaney Devel­op­ment Com­pany and those who have been in­volved in this pro­ject from the start.

“It’s huge for us,” said Gavin Laws, of Coolaney Devel­op­ment Com­pany.

Work will be­gin on the pro­ject with fund­ing al­ready se­cured.

“We have about €1mil­lion in fund­ing. So with that we have plans to de­velop 15km of sin­gle track trails, the car park, roads leaf­ing up to it and the sig­nage.

“It will be a bit of a slow burner un­til we get all the money to­gether for the 80km and the build­ing but we are get­ting there.

“We prob­a­bly need around €4 mil­lion or €5 mil­lion al­to­gether so that might take a while.

“We want to do it on a phase ba­sis any­way,” he added.

Coun­cil­lor Dara Mul­vey wel­comed the news, and said this is a big step for­ward for the pro­ject.

“This is an­other pos­i­tive step for­ward in bring­ing a flag­ship pro­ject the only one of its kind in Con­naught.”

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