Fund­ing sought for walk­way and cy­cle­way

Irish Examiner - - County On The Rise - Sean O’Rior­dan

Coun­cil­lors in north-east Cork are to seek back­ing from col­leagues for a pi­lot scheme walk­way and cy­cle­way, which will run along parts of the old Dublin-Cork road be­tween two towns.

Now that the Green Party is part of the gov­ern­ment coali­tion, they are hop­ing it will aid them to get fund­ing for the project, which is pro­posed to run be­tween Fer­moy and Mitchel­stown.

Fine Gael coun­cil­lor Noel

McCarthy pro­posed the move at a meet­ing of the Fer­moy Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil, which was held in Mitchel­stown.

It is pro­posed the route would also run off along the R639, con­nect­ing it with the vil­lage of Kil­worth.

“Now is the per­fect time for such an ini­tia­tive, with a new Gov­ern­ment in place which has a green agenda. There are pop­u­lar cy­cle­ways in Water­ford and other places,” Fer­moy-based Mr McCarthy said.

His Mitchel­stown-based col­league, Fine Gael coun­cil­lor Kay Daw­son, agreed.

So too did Fianna Fáil coun­cil­lor Frank O’Flynn, who sug­gested they got back­ing from other ar­eas to make this a pi­lot project.

Ini­tially Mr McCarthy pro­posed just a cy­cle­way, but ac­knowl­edged Mr O’Flynn’s sug­ges­tion that it should also in­cor­po­rate a walk­way.

“The roads are wide enough for both in most places. Maybe we could look for LEADER fund­ing and fund­ing from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment to­wards it,” Mr O’Flynn said.

He said he knew of peo­ple who cy­cled up to 15 miles to work at the Tea­gasc re­search cen­tre at Moorepark, which would be on the pro­posed route.

“A lot of peo­ple have taken up cy­cling dur­ing Covid, espe­cially fam­i­lies. To have des­ig­nated spa­ces where they are safe to do so would be a great ad­van­tage,” Ms Daw­son said.

Thomas McGrath Foun­tain­stown gives the thumbs up at Foun­tain­stown beach.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.