Crum­bling walk to be closed due to safety

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE crum­bling coastal walk on the north side of Ark­low is to be closed off to the pub­lic amid health and safety con­cerns, as the lo­cal coun­cil con­tin­ues to se­cure fund­ing for re­pair works. The mat­ter was dis­cussed at the Novem­ber meet­ing of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District mem­bers who stressed to of­fi­cials that it is a huge mat­ter of con­cern and must be closed un­til it is re­stored to its proper state. Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald pro­posed that the walk­way should be closed and that sig­nage should be erected to warn the pub­lic of the dan­ger.

The path was se­verely dam­aged dur­ing re­cent storms and the coun­cil has spent a year try­ing to se­cure fund­ing from cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to no avail.

‘This is a huge is­sue. Do we leave a path open that is un­safe? It is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous at this stage and while one part of it is fine, the other side that is dam­aged is a dis­as­ter,’ he said.

Cllr Pat Kennedy ex­pressed the con­cern that sig­nage alone would not be suf­fi­cient.

‘It is a health and safety is­sue. My con­cern is that if we didn’t close it off and chil­dren ran ahead of their par­ents,’ he said. Town Man­ager Michael Geaney said that a bar­rier and some sig­nage could be in­stalled un­til the fund­ing is se­cured. Cathaoir­leach Tommy An­nes­ley agreed that safety is para­mount but said that he did not want the walk closed in­def­i­nitely.

‘This is one of our most pre­cious ameni­ties and we must keep it on the agenda and keep lob­by­ing for fund­ing.’

The coastal walk, Ark­low.

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