Task force formed to progress plans for East Coast Green­way

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

HEALTH Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris and Wick­low County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Frank Cur­ran are spear­head­ing the newly formed East Coast Green­way Task Force.

The task force con­sists of mem­bers of the OPW, Ir­ish Rail, Failte Ire­land, Na­tional Parks and Wildlife and the De­part­ment of Trans­port.

The ‘Wick­low Town Team’ has been lead­ing the ini­tia­tive and formed a East Coast Green­way sub-group, chaired by Ciaran Lally. Mr Lally has warmly wel­comed the for­ma­tion of the task force.

‘We have long stated that the fastest way to see the cre­ation of the long sought-af­ter green­way is through a task force,’ said Mr Lally.

‘The fact that the Min­is­ter has man­aged to at­tract se­nior mem­bers from the OPW, Ir­ish Rail, Failte Ire­land, Na­tional Parks and Wildlife and the De­part­ment of Trans­port to work to­gether is very sig­nif­i­cant.

‘We are aware that this does not guar­an­tee im­me­di­ate suc­cess as a num­ber of ob­sta­cles will need to be tack­led, how­ever hav­ing all of these bod­ies work­ing to­gether bodes well for the chance of a swift and pos­i­tive out­come,’ he said.

The East Coast Green­way com­mit­tee has thanked Min­is­ter Har­ris and Mr Cur­ran for the pri­or­ity they have placed on the project and are also grate­ful for the sup­port they have re­ceived from Deputies An­drew Doyle, Stephen Don­nelly and Pat Casey.

‘We are thrilled with the re­sponse we are get­ting from the peo­ple of east Wick­low,’ said Mr Lally. ‘With well over 10,000 sig­na­tures to our pe­ti­tion al­ready, there is no doubt that the peo­ple of Wick­low not only want to see the con­struc­tion of a green­way – they are de­mand­ing that it hap­pen quickly. As out­lined pre­vi­ously, the eco­nomic, health and other ben­e­fits that will en­sue, make this project ex­tremely im­por­tant for the re­gion’.

The planned green­way route from Wick­low town to Grey­stones would also pass through New­cas­tle and Kil­coole.

Wick­low County Coun­cil also re­cently an­nounced the ap­point­ment of con­sul­tants WS Atkins to look at the fea­si­bil­ity of dif­fer­ent route op­tions.

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris, Ciaràn Lally, Dave Shan­non and Joe Nei­land from the East Coast Green­way com­mit­tee and Cllr Irene Win­ters.

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