The Louth Environment Group (LEG) have installed a metal ramp at the old Maxwell’s Row Slipway, in what is the latest improvement to the once derelict site
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, LEG Secretary Mark Fitzsimons told the paper that the ramp, which is part of middle deck of car carrier, is perfect for the job at hand.
“The ramp allows further access for the sub aqua team, when they want to gain quick access to the water.
“What this ramp allows is a vehicle to the water at least over 50 per cent of the time, depending on the level of the tide.
“Ultimately it is a temporary measure, before a full slipway is completely at Connick Patent Slip at the end of the Lower Point Road.”
The LEG originally wanted to concrete the Maxwell’s Row, but this would require planning permission.
The new ramp was funded by the LEG, who have also installed prefabricated portacabins for use by the Dundalk Sub Aqua Club at Connicks Patent Slip.
The issue of a fast water slipway for the use by the Dundalk Sub Aqua Team has a contentious issue, with the voluntary group claiming that such a slipway would be vital for life saving situations.
Last week Dundalk Town Clerk Frank Pentony distanced the council executive from the project, saying “There are currently no plans for the Council to provide launching access to the river and bay for Dundalk Sub Aqua Club”.
There had been calls for the executive to part or fully fund the project.