A map of drogheda showing the planned development (in colour) bounded by the Northern Port Access Route.
In what is a severe blow for the future development of Drogheda, the long awaited Northern port access route, which has been planned for at least the last 13 years, has been given the thumbs down by the government.
The route was needed to take much of the HGV traffic away from Drogheda town centre and open up large swathes of land to the north of the town for much needed housing.
The plan for the 254 hectares that would be opened up by the route was to include 6,257 houses across three distinct new neighbourhoods for the expected population increase of 20,000 people.
A furious Senator Ged Nash has today slammed the government over its refusal to fund the route.
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“Drogheda is being left behind yet again” he said. “The appeal by Louth County Council against the government’s decision not to fund this critical piece of infrastructure to support the port, new housing and employment generation on the north side of Drogheda has failed.
“I have been in contact with the Department of Housing (the application was made under the Urban Regeneration Fund) to ask why funding was refused yet again.
“It is completely unacceptable that this crucial project for Drogheda has been put on the long finger.
“The refusal to fund the route is choking Drogheda and killing the town’s potential.
“Drogheda Port is set to launch an exciting new strategic plan. Plans have been submitted for over 200 new housing units beside the Newtown Blue’s pitch yet the government is prepared to sit idly by and allow the town to be strangled.
“Rather than doing running commentaries on all that’s wrong in our town and offering the equivalent of thoughts and prayers for all the projects that need to happen in Drogheda, it’s high time our local TDs delivered for the town.”