Fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for lo­cal green­way project is sub­mit­ted

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

AN ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing re­lat­ing to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of a green­way be­tween New Ross and Water­ford has been sub­mit­ted by Wex­ford County Coun­cil to the Depart­ment of Trans­port, Tourism and Sport.

Work on the ap­pli­ca­tion was on­go­ing in prepa­ra­tion for it be­ing sub­mit­ted at the end of Novem­ber.

There are two as­pects to the green­way plans for New Ross with one prin­ci­pal route go­ing from the town to Water­ford city on the path of the old aban­doned rail­way line.

The other route will form a cy­cling and walk­ing loop closer to the town but will in­cor­po­rate an aban­doned rail­way bridge over the river Bar­row - known lo­cally as ‘ the red bridge’.

If it goes ahead that green­way will also in­clude an aban­doned rail­way tun­nel at Mount El­liott among its prin­ci­pal fo­cal point at­trac­tions.

In a re­port to mem­bers of the lo­cal au­thor­ity the County Coun­cil CEO, Tom En­right, said a Sec­tion 85 agree­ment was signed by Wex­ford and Kilkenny County Coun­cils and by Water­ford City and County Coun­cil to en­able the lo­cal au­thor­ity in Wex­ford to be the lead au­thor­ity on the projects.

Mean­while an ap­pli­ca­tion to An Bord Pleanala re­lat­ing to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of a green­way be­tween Cur­r­a­cloe and Wex­ford town was re­fused per­mis­sion in Oc­to­ber.

It’s ex­pected the lo­cal au­thor­ity will review that de­ci­sion in de­tail to as­cer­tain if other op­tions can be de­vel­oped with a view to get­ting the green light to carry out the pro­posal.

If the New Ross project gets the go-ahead it will link in with the ex­ist­ing Water­ford Green­way form­ing a walk­ing and cy­cling route from New Ross to Dun­gar­van.

The aban­doned Mount El­liott tun­nel would be a fo­cal point of the New Ross in­ner green­way.

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