Pointing the way – Councillor Sharon Tolan with Peter Monahan of the Boyneside Trail Committee (right) and Niall Kierans of the Drogheda BID Committee at the Boyne Greenway information evening in the D Hotel in September. Photo: Andy Spearman.
An unprecedented number of submissions were received by Meath County Council during the recent Non-Statutory Public Consultation of the Boyne Greenway Drogheda to Mornington Section.
A total of 2,764 submissions were received during the 8 week consultation period which began on the 30th August when the “Emerging Preferred Route” went on public display at Council Offices in Duleek and Navan, and ended with a deadline for submissions on the 25th October.
Councillor Sharon Tolan (FG) who is a keen supporter of the Greenway project and hosted two public information meetings, in Drogheda and Bettystown which attracted almost 300 people each, said she was “completely blown away” by the number of submissions.
The Boyneside Trail Committee also hosted public information stands in key locations in Drogheda and East Meath to engage with the public and answer questions during that period.
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“Council staff have informed me that this is a record number for submissions in relation to a scheme” Tolan said.
She also revealed that, of the 2,764 submission received, almost 96% (2,647) were overwhelmingly in support of the Greenway, with just under 3% (82) objecting to it altogether, and 1.21% (35) supporting the project but having some concerns.
“I hope that the consultants can find solutions to the concerns raised and that we can finalise a route and project that will be supported by almost everyone.
“I really don’t have answers for those that just don’t want to see this Greenway delivered at all, but I am hopeful that perhaps they will reconsider when the final design of the scheme is complete.
“One of biggest issues raised with me on a daily basis is the need for footpaths and cycle lanes, and this would go a long way to deliver what I believe would be a very popular route between Mornington and Drogheda.
“I have to say though that I am really delighted with how engaged the public became during this process. This is an example of best practice in public consultation. I don’t think anyone in the North East could say they didn’t know about the Boyne Greenway Public Consultation! ”