Crumbling walk to be closed due to safety
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.