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Thursday, 16th May 2019

Road to Boyne Business Park must be opened - Hall

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Labour’s Drogheda Rural election candidate, Michelle Hall, has called for Louth County Council to complete the access road and footpath which was begun some years ago but never completed from beside The Mill near Newtown Meadows through to the entrance of Boyne Business Park.

The HSE's Early Intervention Services, Integral Gym and many other businesses are situated in the Business Park but it is accessed from both sides by a narrow and bendy road with no footpath. Anyone who has ever walked or cycled there will know just how dangerous it is.

"I have met families whose children have special educational needs and live 500 yards away in Termon Abbey and Newtown Meadows but they can’t walk safely to the Early Intervention Services” Hall said.

“This means they either have to drive or incur the expense of getting a taxi. The Business Park is situated on a bad bend and it is too dangerous to walk especially with children with SEN. Many teenagers from the local secondary schools walk to the gym but they do so at their peril”, Mrs. Hall said.

"There is a road with markings, footpaths on both side and then it just meets fences from both ends of this through road. What is the purpose and why has it not been opened?” she asked.

“It is a disgrace that families and teenagers must either go to financial expense or put their lives at risk to get to the facilities".

The local election candidate wants Louth County Council to ensure they implement their Healthy Ireland Plan for Louth 2018-2022 which promotes safe pedestrian and cycle access to local amenities.

“The County Planners approved and allowed the building of these amenities on the outskirts of Drogheda, therefore they now should complete and open this passage way for the people of Drogheda to safely access them.”

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