Extension of Ulster Canal Greenway given “green light” by Co Councillors

16 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The plan to extend the Ulster Canal Greenway from Coolshannagh in Monaghan Town to Ardgonnell Bridge was given a planning “green light” at the July meeting of Monaghan Co Council when the elected members approved a notice in relation to the project under Part VIII of the Planning and Development Regulations. Senior Planner Toirleach Gourley told the meeting that the project involved an extension of the existing Ulster Canal Greenway from Monaghan over to the Border at Middletown.

It would involve the widening of the towpath, drainage and the provision of a grass verge buffer. Mr Gourley said the project met the policies and objectives in the Monaghan Co Development Plan. Independent councillor Paudge Connolly said this was a long-awaited report, and he proposed that the Council adopt the report and take the project to the next step. It was a very welcome development and he had no doubt the extension would attract the same volume of traffic as the existing Greenway. “It will be a great addition and I look forward to the work starting,” Councillor Connolly added. Sinn Féin’s Seán Conlon asked about the composition of the Greenway surface, referring to the recently opened Limerick Greenway project which incorporated…..

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