Meeting on proposed footbridge at Dingle’s Milltown Bridge hears concerns of local residents

Approximately 40 people attended a public meeting to discuss a proposal to install a footbridge at Dingle’s Milltown Bridge.

The scenic stone bridge at Baile an Mhuilinn to the west of the town provides the main access point for traffic to the R551 Slea Head Drive towards Ventry.

The meeting was facilitated by Dingle Tidy Towns at the Dingle Pitch & Putt Clubhouse.
Risteard MacLiam and Patrick Sheehy of Dingle Tidy Towns chaired the meeting to seek public reaction to a proposed footbridge.

Mícheál Ó Conchúir said he had, on occasion, taken to running over Milltown bridge when traffic on it was heavy.

Breandán Fitzgerald said a footbridge would be very favourable for elderly people walking to St Brendan’s Cemetery which is located in Baile an Mhuilinn (Milltown).

Eileen Malone said the river beneath was home to a rich eco-system with delicate biodiversity which should be protected with oyster-catchers, egrets, herons, stoats, moles, brent geese and curlew.

She said she was concerned artificial lighting may disturb their habitat.
Other suggestions included low level energy efficient LEDs and a cycle lane on the proposed footbridge.

West Kerry Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald said proposals could be drawn up to put forward to the council for consideration.

A five-person working group was appointed with a view to coming up with a design objective and proposal.