THE DARK ZONE! – LIGHTING MONAGHAN GREENWAY WOULD BE BAD FOR BATS AND GOOD FOR VANDALS, MUNICIPAL DISTRICT TOLD

29 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Providing a comprehensive public lighting system on the Monaghan Greenway would have a negative impact on the local bat population and might also encourage anti-social behaviour, the October meeting of the Monaghan Municipal District was told.

The issue of providing some form of public lighting on the popular walking and cycling trail has been discussed at MD level for some time – but a survey of the greenway’s bat population has advocated the maintenance of “dark zones” of limited or no lighting to preserve its integrity as a habitat.

At the October meeting, the lighting topic formed the subject of a written question submitted by Independent Monaghan Co Councillor Seamus Treanor, who requested that funding be sought from Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly for lighting on the Ulster Canal walkway from the roundabout close to the Graham’s business premises to Rooskey Vale.

Colr Treanor noted a recent announcement that a fund of €30 million was available for such projects.

The response to Colr Treanor’s question stated that a bat survey report had been carried out as part of the planning process for the greenway’s development. It also referred to fears that “if lighting or low level …

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