Connemara Greenway Update from Noel Thomas – 31 March 2021

“Very prompt action by Galway County Council and I thank them for moving with such haste. At our last Connemara Municipal District meeting a commitment was given to keep us updated on the appointment of a consultant for the proposed Galway to Oughterard Greenway.

I can confirm that tomorrow, April 1st, 2021, the necessary tender documentation needed to procure the required consultancy services will be uploaded onto the e-Tender website.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is Friday April 30th.”

Update on Greenway from Galway to Oughterard by Cllr. Noel Thomas

Galway to Oughterard Greenway

At this morning’s (5th March 2021) municipal meeting the director of services for roads Jim Cullen announced that the greenway project from Galway to Oughterard was going to experience some further delay’s. The reason for this is that the level of investigation has to be intensified along the route. There has to be more detailed environmental reports and site investigations carried out. This has become necessary as a result of the An Board Pleanala verdict on the proposed greenway in Kerry.

While I am very disappointed to hear of the delay I am also happy to see that there is great care being taken to ensure that when we do proceed with a planning application and that hopefully it will will be flawless and successful.

I have been assured that the re procurement process will be dealt with as quickly as possible but it is not possible to give a timeframe yet as to when the works will be completed, some of the investigation works need to be carried out during the winter months so it will probably be next year at the earliest before an application can be lodged.

It is vital that when we do proceed to planning that we have everything correct as this Greenway is an absolute must have for Conamara from an economic, health, tourism, transport and wellbeing perspective.

Cllr Noel Thomas is a Member of Galway County Council for the Conamara and Aran Islands Local Electoral Area.

Status of Connemara Greenway: City – Moycullen – Roscahill – Oughterard section from Senator Sean Kyne

” Studies have been completed on 21 out of the 28km of the route of the Connemara Greenway – Galway City to Moycullen / Roscahill / Oughterard section by RPS Consultants on behalf of Galway County Council.

Access has not been granted to consultants for the other 7km (which are non-continuous).  This means that the documentation cannot be completed for a planning application to proceed at present.

Galway County Council has sought legal advice regarding gaining access to lands in order to complete the studies.  Property rights are protected in the Constitution making it vital that proper process has to be adhered to.

Galway County Council is also keeping a watch on the outcome and lessons that may arise from the Kerry Greenway oral hearing.

The Code of Best Practice for Greenways will be published imminently, most likely in the next week or so. The Code is part of the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways.

To be clear, funding is not an issue as regards progressing the Greenway.  There is a clear commitment to Greenways under Project Ireland 2040 and the Greenway Strategy and I will continue to work with all stakeholders to make progress on this infrastructure for our communities.”

See Senator Kyne’s website for further information:

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