Submission deadline on N2 road scheme will not be further extended

7 October 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

It will not be possible to extend the deadline for public submissions on the new Clontibret to the Border N2 road scheme any further than the current closing date of September 30, officials of Monaghan Co Council stated at their October meeting on Monday.
However, both Director of Services for Roads David Fallon and Co Manager Declan Nelson gave an assurance that any significant new information that might come to hand and be supplied to the Council following that date would be factored into the analysis of the submissions to take place prior to the announcement of the preferred route in January of next year.
A proposal in the names of the North Monaghan members was placed before Monday’s meeting asking that the Council extend until October 31 the consultation period on the preferred route study for the Clontibret to Moybridge road project, providing clarification was received from the Director of Services for Roads that there would be no negative financial implications for the Council as the result of such a decision.
However, Mr Fallon informed the meeting that such a decision could lead to a further financial claim on the Council by the project consultants Grontmij for the additional work such an extension entailed.
In light of the Director of Services’ comments, and the fact that the ultimate decision on granting an extension lay with the Council executive and was not in the determination of the members, the proposal was eventually withdrawn after discussion.
The Council did agree that they would receive a delegation from the ‘Don’t Bypass The Bypass’ campaign group at their November meeting to enable them to articulate the concerns of the communities affected by the road development proposal.
Five members of the group – Cathal McGlone, James Ward, Ivor Finlay, Nuala Clunan and Hugh Doherty – were present at Monday’s meeting in an observer capacity.
Paudge Connolly referred to a number of points that had been outlined in e-mails and correspondence received by the Council from the group, and felt they were worthy of response from the executive of the Council and the consultants.

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