No construction for Boyne Greenway in 2017 – Tóibín
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín has reacted to news that construction of any further sections of the Boyne Valley Greenway during 2017 is likely not to take place.
An Teachta Tóibín received confirmation of this from the National Transport Authority in an answer to a parliamentary question the Deputy recently submitted.
The Meath West TD said that this was particularly disappointing in light of the pomp and ceremony surrounding the launch of the Action Plan for Rural Development yesterday which purports to develop our greenways.
An Teachta Tóibín said:
“We in Meath are blessed with one of the richest and internally recognised tourism resources in the country. The first section Boyne Valley Greenway has been a success, opening up Drogheda Ramparts to the entrance to the Oldbridge Estate, for the benefit of locals and tourists alike.
“This was just a beginning however. I have been working on this project for the past six years. A feasibility report shows that the greenway will cost €2.4 million, but will generate €5.9 million in the local economy per annum. This did not even take into consideration Meath’s close proximity to Dublin, which would undoubtedly attract more tourism and greater revenue.
“I was greatly disappointed that the National Transport Authority have said that it is ‘unlikely’ that they will be commence the construction of any further sections of the Boyne Greenway during 2017. Not only will residents of Meath be deprived of greater access to the local beauty of the area, such a move is also clearly economically counter-intuitive.
“It is particularly disappointing that this initiative will not be developed this year in light of the ‘Action Plan for Rural Development’. Published yesterday, this plan includes such aspirations as the promotion of tourism through the development of greenways. However residents of Meath will see through this PR guff given that the Boyne Greenway will in all probability not be developed at all this year.
“I will be raising this matter with the Minister Ross at the earliest opportunity. Shortsighted moves such as this will only damage the local economy as well as limiting the people of Meath access to the beautiful outdoor landscape and heritage that is so abundant in this area.”