Councillor Meenan supports motions to stop work on cycle lanes but Town Clerk Pentony says lanes will be finished

Councillor Kevin Meenan supported motions from Councillor Jennifer Green and Maria Doyle to stop work on cycle lanes on the streets of Dundalk

Councillor Kevin Meenan supported motions from Councillor Jennifer Green and Maria Doyle to stop work on cycle lanes on the streets of Dundalk

“People are not saying they don’t want cycle lanes,” Cllr Meenan said, “ but the way they are being constructed is dangerous.

“There’s an issue here and it has to be addressed. We got it wrong and we will have to sit down now and go through it again. We can’t bury our heads in the sand.

Town Clerk Frank Pentony said a review would have to wait until the lanes are finished.

He said consultation had taken place in May. Forty-three submissions had been made and the plans had been revised and on 16 May last it was approved by the council.

There had been full consultation. He admitted that the council would not construct the lanes in this piecemeal fashion if the full funding was being made available in one go. But that is not the case. The lanes are constructed as the funding emerges.

He said the current lanes would be finished in a few weeks time and then people will be able to cycle all the way from Hoey’s Lane to St Vincent’s school.

Cllr Mark Deery said it was important to finish the plan and to suspend it would be wrong.

Cllr Sean Bellew asked where the money to finish the entire project was going to come from.