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Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Don’t let apathy kill the greenway

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The eagerly awaited Mornington to Drogheda section of the Boyne Greenway will provide safe, car-free access to the wonderful beaches of East Meath via a scenic riverside route. For the people of East Meath, it will provide a safe, scenic route to Drogheda. But only if people tell Meath County Council they are in favour of it.

Plans for the Boyne Greenway could fall by the wayside unless supporters of the project use the opportunity afforded them by Meath County Council to tell them they want it to go ahead.

As we all know from social media, the loudest voices are usually from those who are against an idea or proposal. So it is important that those in favour of the proposed Mornington to Drogheda Greenway tell Meath County Council they want it to happen.

The Public consultation process is designed to do exactly that – consult with the public so they can understand what tthe public wants and how the proposed Greenway should proceed.

If they get only negative responses they could be excused for forming the opinion that nobody wants it which, judging by responses to articles on Drogheda Life over the years, is certainly not the case.

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So, whether you are a resident of the Mornington area looking forward to having a safe route for you and your family or if you are a Drogheda resident looking for a route to the coast via a scenic riverside route that doesn’t involve ducking and diving in traffic, tell the council about it.

There are of course some people with misgivings about the project and they too should contact the Council pointing out the problems as they see them and suggest possible solutions to those issues.

Doing nothing is not an option though. It’s like not voting at election time, if you don’t indicate your opinion now you have no right to complain later if you don’t like the decision that the planners eventually arrive at.

Submissions don’t have to be long and involved. If you’re fully in favour of the idea then that’s all you need to say. If you have a particular problem then give the planners an outline of it. Without the feedback they will not be able to prevent issues arising.

The deadline for submissions is tomorrow week, Thursday October 24th and can be made online at  https://consult.meath.ie, by e mail to transport@meathcoco.ie,  or by post to:  

Drogheda to Mornington Consultation,
Transportation Department
Meath County Council,
Buvinda House,
Dublin Road,
Navan,
County Meath,
C15 Y291

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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