02 Oct 2022

Cllr Watters seeks compromise on planned Greenway closure in Omeath

Louth County Council March meeting

IDDT Antoin Watters

Cllr Antóin Watters

Cllr Antóin Watters has asked Louth County Council is some arrangement could be made with Irish Water, to avoid the complete closure of part of the Carlingford Greenway in Omeath, which is arising as a result of the work taking place at the Omeath Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Cllr Watters raised the matter at the Louth County Council March meeting, where he told the members present that over the previous weekend he had an enquiry from a couple of users of the greenway in relation to it. He said that the road is going to be closed, he understands, for 24 weeks, adding - "basically the whole season for people using the greenway".

The Sinn Féin councillor asked if it would it be possible to speak to Irish Water and come to some sort of compromise where the greenway might be closed, perhaps during the working day and left open in the evening to give access to pedestrians to it. "Otherwise they'll have to walk along the main road and in through the village of Omeath to connect onto the rest of the greenway", he added.  

In response, Head of Finance and Water Services, Bernie Woods, said the problem is health and safety. She told the meeting that once the contractor is working on the greenway, it is up to them to decide who could access the site. She added however, that she would engage with them though to see if some arrangement could be made.

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