Oral hearing on proposed South Kerry Greenway – Daily updates

The oral hearing into the proposed South Kerry Greenway began in Tralee on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019. Kerry County Council decided to acquire the lands needed by compulsory purchase order, following failure to secure agreement over the years with some landowners along the 32-kilometre route from Glenbeigh to Renard. Over 100 people attended the opening day of the oral hearing. This is a comprehensive daily update on what’s happened so far. 

 – Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 – 

Here is a timeline of the project.

The process for the greenway commenced in earnest in 2011, when the South Kerry Development Partnership compiled a feasibility report into a greenway in the Iveragh Peninsula.

In 2014, grants were announced to progress the Glenbeigh-Cahersiveen GW (greenway) and also the Cahersiveen-Renard GW. In April of that year, it was envisaged to acquire lands needed by agreement.

It must be noted that from April 2014, there were ongoing individual landowner meetings taking place – according to KCC (Kerry County Council).

In 2015, KCC elected members voted to progress the scheme by CPO (compulsory purchase order) by 25 votes to 8.

Over the following years, a number of public consultations took place in relation to the preferred route – it culminated with the preferred route being displayed by KCC in June 2018.

The 31.9km proposed greenway is planned to run from Renard to Faha, a townland east of Glenbeigh. It’s a two-way shared facility for pedestrians and cyclists in a rural environment.

Just over half of the greenway route is on the old railway line (56% – nearly 18km), while 2.5km is on-road when it’s running through Cahersiveen.

Kerry County Council claims the greenway could handle more than 1,500 users per day and could be used for up to 15 hours per day in summer time.

The greenway comprises 222 holdings, 160 of which are agricultural holdings, with 197 landowners affected in total.

The compulsory purchase order has been the major issue which has arisen in recent years from the process. How much land is needed for the proposed greenway?

It was revealed that the council needs to acquire over 48 hectares – or 115 acres – permanently for the greenway through CPO.

17 hectares are already in council ownership.

There are 18 public roads and approximately 32 private and direct accesses crossed by the greenway from Glenbeigh to Renard.

What were the major talking points on the first day (Tuesday, 8th October)?

Opening the oral hearing, An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride said over 120 submissions were received on the proposed greenway, 68 on the compulsory purchase order and 13 in relation to publications of further information.

However, a number of objections to the CPO have been withdrawn. As of Wednesday morning, we believe there are 28 remaining.

She said the agenda for this week will focus on the greenway application, while the CPO will be discussed next week.

The inspector said that, following the oral hearing, she’ll make one of three recommendations: approve the CPO, approve it with modifications, or refuse it.

There was a reference made to how much money landowners could be paid per annum if the proposed scheme goes ahead. While there were no responses allowed at this stage, what was said by Kerry County Council in relation to the financial benefits for landowners?

Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council – and Project Manager for the scheme – Conor Culloo presented the majority of the local authority’s information yesterday (Tuesday, 8th).

He spoke of the economic and social need for the greenway, saying Census data shows there are fewer younger people and more older people along the route relative to the rest of the county.

His report says all affected landowners will receive an annual minimum payment of €300, in addition to €2/m for the length of greenway that passes through the landowners’ holdings; it is considered this payment will exceed potential agricultural earnings from the land used for this project.

Agronomist Diarmuid O’Sullivan, who conducted surveys with 29 agricultural landowners, also said the maintenance payment will more than compensate for these losses.

However, he didn’t examine individual farmer’s current incomes when coming to that conclusion—so I expect that point to be discussed further in the days ahead.

A Kerry County Council report said the greenway could be expected to attract an estimated ¼ of a million users per year, with 44,000 in August alone.

Another feature of the proposed South Kerry Greenway is the perceived lack of consultation between Kerry County Council and landowners. Anna-Meria Costelloe, Assistant Planner with Kerry County Council, had compiled a report on the public consultation process. What did this report say?

She said An Bord Pleanála received over 120 submissions relating to the planning application and 70 for the CPO during a statutory consultation process.

Ms Costelloe said there were 20 consultation days held over the past number of years and that a liaison officer had been assigned to the project.

She added that public consultation and engagement have been central to the development of the scheme, and that there were four phases of non-statutory public consultation.

I expect this topic will be expanded on over the coming days, both by Kerry County Council and those who make observations.

While yesterday’s opening addresses by Kerry County Council were, for the most part, not allowed to be commented upon, a minor issue in relation to the publication and presentation of information arose.

An environmental campaigner named Peter Sweetman was in attendance yesterday. He queried a number of the council reports on the basis that he didn’t have the material. A number of times, barrister for Kerry County Council Esmond Keane gave assurances that all material would be provided ASAP or put on the Kerry County Council website. Mr Sweetman went as far as to say it was a deliberate attempt by Kerry County Council to obstruct the public getting information about the proposed project.

At one point, a solicitor for a number of parties also queried why their clients hadn’t received the information being discussed. Mr Keane said the material was sent to the solicitor’s clients – when asked when did this happen, he said yesterday. That response received a number of cheers from those present.

Copies of the information were due to be made available by the end of the first day, either in hard or soft copy.

What’s expected during the second day (Wednesday, October 9th) of the oral hearing?

It’s expected that the prescribed bodies – such as the EPA – will give their submissions, if any. This will be followed by a list of those who want to speak. This includes local community groups, public representatives and national cycling bodies, among others.

It was said yesterday that a number of people have withdrawn their objections, so this will lessen the number of people who want to speak at the oral hearing.

The oral hearing is expected to take eight days in total.

 – Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 – 

A lot happened during the second day of An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the South Kerry Greenway, including the mention of possible legal action, the local authority denying it threatened landowners with a CPO five years ago and a recommendation to paint rocks with yogurt.  

The oral hearing has arisen following a failure between Kerry County Council and some landowners to come to an agreement over land acquisition. 

The proposed greenway comprises 222 holdings, 160 of which are agricultural holdings, with 197 landowners affected in total, between Glenbeigh and Renard.  

An observer at the oral hearing said he could have no choice but take the issue to court – here are the details.

This issue arose when An Bord Pleanala inspector Karla McBride suggested, in order speed up the process, to summarise the letters observers received.

These letters are the responses that Kerry County Council sent back to those who submitted their concerns to the local authority.

Barrister Michael O’Donnell, who wouldn’t reveal the identities of his clients, was against this; he said there was already a lack of trust between the council and landowners and he was against the local authority having the chance to summarise the responses his clients received.

Environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman took issue with what he believes is a lack of information; he said some documents pertaining to the scheme were not provided.

He said any work carried out on any part of the scheme is relevant and, if the documents are not provided, he’ll have no choice but to take the issue to court.

In response, barrister for Kerry County Council Esmond Keane said some documents were not relevant as parts of the scheme had changed.

This claimed lack of information has been an ongoing issue over the first two days of the hearing.

A recommendation was made to paint rocks with yogurt yesterday in an effort to protect the Kerry slug. How did that come about? 

The unusual plan came to light when An Bord Pleanála ecologist Dr Maeve Flynn sought further information on measures to protect the Kerry slug, in the event of the animal having to be moved during construction.

Pat Ryan of Malachy Walsh and Partners said when the Environmental Impact Assessment Report was compiled, it was recommended to fully paint sandstone rocks with yogurt in order to encourage early colonisation in new areas with moss and lichen, two ingredients in a slug’s diet.

Dr Flynn asked if the plan to paint rocks fully with yogurt was a novel idea or something the National Parks and Wildlife Service suggested; Mr Ryan said a leading ecologist recommended it.

He added that the current plan would require 50% of rocks to be painted with yogurt, with a three-year programme of monitoring to take place.

Out of interest, were there many Kerry slugs recorded in the areas in recent years?

The environmental report said four surveys of the Kerry slug population were conducted from 2014-2018: in the first year, seven Kerry slugs were found at Mountain Stage and, while other surveys recorded fewer slugs, the existence of favourable habitats were noted.

A big issue among some landowners has been the use of a CPO by Kerry County Council. I understand they denied claims they threatened landowners with the mechanism in 2014?

Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council – and Project Manager for the scheme – Conor Culloo read the replies given to relevant parties.

In a reply to Denis O’Connor and Carmeil Ní Mhorain, the local authority said it did not state in October 2014 that if landowners did not cooperate with the proposals, the lands would be secured through a CPO.

A year later, in a written response to the Greenway Information Group in December 2016, the council stated that it was aware that using the CPO process was a concern among landowners.

The first landowner to speak at the oral hearing was Karen McDonnell from Lisbane, just outside of Cahersiveen. Her family have farmland along the proposed route. Can you summarise a few of her concerns?

(Kerry County Council was not allowed to respond to these claims at this time) Ms McDonnel claims the council has done its best to divide and conquer, while they’re building a roadway and calling it a greenway. She says there was a blatant disregard for the rights of the private landowners and farmers, and she believes this was intentional on behalf of local government. Also, she told the hearing it’s her belief it was intentional to market this route before agreement had been reached with landowners to gather the support of wider communities and businesses – only then leave the media to vilify the farmer if there was a suggestion of disagreement. Finally, Ms McDonnell says Kerry County Council should be sent back to the drawing board and given specific guidelines from this hearing on how to deliver their roadway for the betterment of the community first and then tourism.

It has to be noted that Kerry County Council was not given the chance to respond to these claims at this point. Who else spoke at the oral hearing yesterday?

Aoibheann Lamb, representing Heritage Iveragh, spoke positively about the development. The voluntary group, which was formed about 20 years ago, says there are 120 sites of archaeological interest along the proposed route.

Three local representatives also spoke. They were Fianna Fáil councillors Norma Moriarty and Michael Cahill, along with Fine Gael councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen.

They are all in favour of the greenway.

Eamonn Hickson spoke with all three councillors briefly after the hearing. He first asked Councillor Norma Moriarty about something she said during the hearing – she believes future generations will not forgive us if the greenway doesn’t go ahead.

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Fianna Fáil Councillor Norma Moriarty says there are major issues with depopulation in the area. Here is a summary of her submission.

There are 11 primary schools in the area. Of these, the total junior infants over a number of years have fallen to only 56 in 2017. Those are the children starting primary school. If we don’t have future generations, we don’t have a way of life. We need to have young people to have a vibrant future. There are issues and I have sympathy for those on the route who have concerns.
The people opposed to this are those keeping GAA clubs and communities together and we want to keep those communities intact after it ends. A lot of work is done in tourism and also in education. We’ve always had a highly-educated population, but we’ve struggled to retain those people.
We have plans and measures, including the creation of the Iveragh Task Force, to combat the decline in population. We need to come together and not forego this opportunity. We need to stem the tide of depopulation. We know it works – it works in Waterford and it works in Mayo.
What we have in regard to scenery is what the world wants to see.
Finally, future generations will not forgive us if we forego this opportunity.

Summary of Fine Gael councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen’s comments

Irish people have a hunger for land. We struggled long enough to own our land. John B. Keane even wrote a blockbuster on the topic. I’ve seen the best of neighbours fall out over small sections of land.
However, when dealing with 222 holdings and 197 landowners, CPO is the only option. In relation to the greenway, some don’t want to hear reasons or compromise. The CPO structure is what we’ve to work with and it’s wrong to say authorities can deviate from it.
I believe KCC has been helpful and accommodating. I believe it went above and beyond when trying to accommodate land owners. It’s good to see that a large number of people have withdrawn their objections.
I agreed with the need for the CPO when it came before the council. This is why it was agreed by the majority of the councillors.
The population of Kerry has grown in recent years, but Cahersiveen’s has fallen to 1,041. While there’s a great community in South Kerry, some parts need assistance.
The greenway, along with digital hubs, will help the areas. The government is pumping money into rural areas.
Some people don’t want change. However, change can be helpful. A greenway would not only attract ¼ million, it would benefit the health of people across the county.
It would be the biggest tourism project ever in Kerry and it would be an economic lifeline.

Summary of Fianna Fáil councillor Michael Cahill’s comments

I have been a supporter from day one. I’m the only public representative who lives in a parish which the greenway goes through. It affects many of my friends.
I agree with colleagues that it’s the biggest project in our time. I believe the greenway will be there for ever, unlike ourselves. I’m a councillor for 30 years and we’re lucky to have a friend who’s successful in London and he’s given employment to thousands; I think this project will help to curb to flow of people outwards.
When the greenway was advertised, what was sought was a world class greenway – we can have that. I believe the area needs an injection.

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Those were councillors Norma Moriarty, Michael Cahill and Patrick Connor-Scarteen. What’s the general mood so far at the oral hearing?

It’s early days and the majority of the information put forward so far has not been open to argument just yet. However, it must be said, the public gallery has been very respectful to all observers and speakers so far, regardless of the speakers’ views on the proposed project.

In relation to the facilities and documentation available, there have been a number of complaints. As mentioned earlier, a few parties have repeatedly called for more copies – both soft and hard copies – of information relating to the projects. This seems to be rectified by the end of Wednesday evening.

From a media point of view, the facilities are not ideal. An Bord Pleanála grossly underestimated the media interest in this case. For example, when the oral hearing started on Tuesday, the only faciltiy provided for media was a small table to seat two people: there were six media outlets there on Tuesday.

Also, the media are seated about 50 feet from the only projector in the room, with most of the audience even further away.

Finally, what’s due to happen today (Thursday, 10th)?

More observations on the planning application are due to be heard today, including from local landowners and national cycling bodies. It’s expected that we’ll hear from the IFA today.

Submissions on the CPO will be heard next week.

 – Thursday, 10th October, 2019 – 

On Thursday, a claim was made that the Iveragh Peninsula is in crisis. 

That’s according to Jack Fitzpatrick, who was speaking during day three of An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed South Kerry Greenway.

He was one of a number of contributors who made submissions at the hearing.

Mr Fitzpatrick, acting on behalf of the New Market Street East End Business Owners Group, said the greenway could provide safe passage for thousands of people to visit towns and villages throughout the peninsula.

He asked the inspector to consider what life would be like for people in South Kerry if they lose any more services or amenities.

The business owner believes the peninsula is in crisis, mostly due to population decline.

Michael Burke of Galway Cycling Solutions claimed the current greenway route only serves tourism, while neglecting the local communities.

He said that, between a town and village on the route, the greenway passes a shop, restaurant and two pubs; he asked what happens to the people living there all year round who want to cycle to school, the shop or to check animals.

Did the Irish Farmers’ Association outline its objection to the proposed South Kerry Greenway during Thursday’s session?

The IFA previously protested against the development of the greenway, due to having objections to the use of a compulsory purchase order.

The Chair of Kerry IFA Pat O’Driscoll spoke during the third day of An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed development, which is taking place in the Manor West Hotel in Tralee.

Pat O’Driscoll says he finds it hard to be in the position he’s in; he says he’s uniquely aware of the geography of the area and the impact the greenway could have on the area.

He believes if half the efforts which were put into the CPO process were put into negotiations with landowners, then the greenway would have been built by now.

The Valentia farmer claims the IFA were proactive and positive; however, instead of CPO being the last resort, it was the first resort.

He adds it’s a disgrace that seven years have been wasted in the development of the greenway.

Elsewhere, Thomas Cooney, the National Chairman of the IFA’s Environment & Rural Affairs Committee, says the organisation supports the development of recreational routes.

However, he says it’s with regret that the IFA is objecting to the proposed development due to the actions of Kerry County Council.

Mr Cooney says the IFA is objecting on four grounds: it believes KCC didn’t follow all legal requirements; the proposal contravenes assurances given that a CPO wouldn’t be used; the development contravenes policy on the future planning of greenways; and the environmental reports are incomplete.

On Thursday evening, an application was made to adjourn the oral hearing. What can you tell us?

Can you give us some background into the application for adjournment?

Kerry County Council decided to acquire the 222 parcels of land needed for the scheme through CPO, following a failure to agree terms with all 197 landowners along the route.

Barrister Michael O’Donnell said he represents 27 landowners and families who are affected by the CPO and the scheme as proposed. His objection centred on the errata document; this is a list of corrections provided after a work has been printed.

More on this in a moment.

Mr O’Donnell told An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride there’s a duty that the hearing is conducted in manner which is not prejudicial to parties, according to European Law. He says it also concerns constitutional law, due to the proposed CPO threatening to extinguish landowners’ land rights.

He said he and his clients did not anticipate the events which occurred on the first day: he claimed they received 260 pages of new documentation on Tuesday, followed by a further 100 in the errata document on Wednesday, some of it given with less than a day to digest it.

The barrister said his clients are trying to engage in a process where there is no equality in arms – he said KCC has a team of people at the hearing and then they present this amount of material. He believes it’s only reasonable and appropriate that he and his clients be afforded more time.

So, to put more plainly, the barrister was seeking an adjournment on the basis that his clients received too large an amount of information during the oral hearing and that this information has altered how he and his clients would construct their submission.

He said the council had all this information to hand prior to the oral hearing commencing, and he mentioned a revised drawing which was dated 16th September – which is three weeks before the hearing began.

Kerry County Council spoke against adjourning the oral hearing.

I understand one such point of change was in relation to a proposed coastal protection measure which was not previously in a Special Area of Conservation, but was after changes were made.  

Yes, this is in relation to rock revetments, which are structures used to protect the coast from being eroded by the sea.

Mr O’Donnell said the structure will, after revisions in the errata, will now encroach into a SAC.

He claimed his clients accept this is a material change and he’s employed an environmental consultant who’s now required to prepare a new submission.

Senior Counsel for Kerry County Council Esmond Keane said the group’s experts should be able to see the changes and they should not cause any significant changes to reports. He said they relate to very small areas where coastal protection works going into a SAC are limited and measures will be provided to ensure no impact.

He also said the number of changes in the errata document constitute a relatively small number of actual errors.

That wasn’t the opinion of environmental campaigner, Peter Sweetman. He also spoke at this stage. What did he say?

Mr Sweetman said he’s done more oral hearings than anyone in ABP and that the errata document provided by KCC is the largest one he’s ever seen.

He said that the Environmental Impact Assessment Report should be a readable document – and he claimed it is not currently readable due to the multitude of changes.

Kerry County Council again rejected this.

Elsewhere, a former Kerry minister spoke at the hearing yesterday. Who was it and what did they say? 

Former Fianna Fáil TD and Kerry minister John O’Donoghue gave a submission shortly before lunchtime yesterday. It came as a surprise to the media bench as his name was not on a list of observers which was circulated prior to the hearing.

He spoke about the last time the train departed South Kerry in 1960.

Mr O’Donoghue said the train didn’t just take people, but it took the dreams and aspirations of people and their descendants with them.

The former minister said promises were made at the time that improvements would be made to transport and infrastructure in the area.

We sought a copy of his speech afterwards, however, An Bord Pleanála was unable to source one at the time.

The Irish Farmers’ Association outlined its objection to the proposed South Kerry Greenway . We remember the IFA previously protested against the development of the greenway, due to having objections to the use of a compulsory purchase order. What was said?

Thomas Cooney, the National Chairman of the IFA’s Environment & Rural Affairs Committee, said the organisation supports the development of recreational routes.

However, he said it’s with regret that the IFA is objecting to the proposed development due to the actions of Kerry County Council.

Mr Cooney said the IFA is objecting on four grounds: it believes KCC didn’t follow all legal requirements; the proposal contravenes assurances given that a CPO wouldn’t be used; the development contravenes policy on the future planning of greenways; and the environmental reports are incomplete.

While the discussion on the more controversial aspect of the greenway – the CPO – is due to be held next week, has the attendance at the oral hearing increased over the past few days?

No, the attendance has lessened if anything. There were around 100 members of the public present on day one, while there was an estimated 40 members of the public in attendance yesterday.

Indeed, we on the media bench counted approximately 20 people between An Bord Pleanála and Kerry County Council alone yesterday.

Finally, what’s expected to happen this morning (Friday)? 

An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride is due to decide on Mr O’Donnell’s application to adjourn.

While no timeline has been put forward, if adjourned according to the barrister’s application, it’ll have to be a minimum of 30 days.

One of the options put forward yesterday is that the parties, apart from Mr O’Donnell’s clients, put forward their submissions as planned.

Alternatively, the inspector may decide to grant or refuse Mr O’Donnell’s submission.

A decision is due around 10am.

– Friday, 11th October, 2019 – 

What happened in relation to the application for an adjournment?

The application to adjourn the oral hearing into the proposed South Kerry Greenway has been refused.

Barrister Michael O’Donnell claimed that Kerry County Council provided new or corrected information during the first and second days of the hearing, when such information could have been forwarded prior to the hearing commencing.

An Bord Pleanála inspector Karla McBride refused the application, saying the board will decide on using the new information provided.

However, a number of times since the hearing began this morning, Mr O’Donnell took issue with the inspector’s decision and reasons for refusing his application.

Inspector Karla McBride stated the oral hearing forms part of an ongoing information-gathering process and gives the public a chance to take part.

She said the board will ultimately decide to accept or not accept new information, including an errata document; the inspector added she will not facilitate any further discussion on the topic.

However, Mr O’Donnell took issue with this: He said he cannot engage in a hearing which is conducted in such a manner and he told the inspector she’s required to act properly and fairly.

The inspector reiterated that she’s not granting the adjournment and she’d prefer not to have an argument about it.

A party at the oral hearing also described the events this morning as tense.

The oral hearing continues, however, it adds to the list of issues which have arisen this week, including: a threat of a judicial review; a threat to take alleged defamatory matters to another arena; claims there are significant changes to environmental reports; and a repeated claim that Kerry County Council did not provide all the information in a timely manner.

So, what happened after this?

After the application to adjourn was refused (and the reaction it caused lessened), a number of parties gave submissions or were part of the cross-questioning process.

Cahersiveen businessowner Deidre Garvey told the hearing the greenway issue is nuanced as all involved are part of the same community.

She added, while there are benefits to be gained from the greenway, she doesn’t want to gain from something which divides the community.

Kerry County Council’s Tom Sheehy earlier claimed the council negotiated with landowners to the “best of its ability”, however, it reached a point where a CPO was the only option available.

He also claimed one landowner (of the 197) said you will never take “one inch of my land”.

The IFA was speaking again?

Yesterday, Thomas Cooney, the National Chairman of the IFA’s Environment & Rural Affairs Committee, said the organisation supports the development of recreational routes. However, he said it’s with regret that the IFA is objecting to the proposed development due to the actions of Kerry County Council.

Today (Friday), Mr Cooney was speaking in response to Kerry County Council’s queries on what the exact definition of a “greenway” is and if it’s explicitly referred to in relevant Road Acts.

Senior Counsel for Kerry County Council Esmond Keane disagreed with the IFA’s reading of the legislation under which the planning application for the greenway was submitted.

In summation, Mr Keane claimed the greenway required an environmental impact statement (EIS) to be compiled, so – due to references in roads legislation that a road requires an EIS – the greenway was liable to be applied for under roads legislation.

Chair of Kerry IFA Pat O’Driscoll disagreed with Mr Keane’s logic; he said if he took a similar example and constructed a pathway through his field in Valentia, which would require an EIS, this wouldn’t make that pathway a public road.

What other submissions, responses or observations were made on Friday?

Kerry County Council responses to a submission by independent observer Edward Fahy were read at the oral hearing.

Mr Fahy’s concerns related mostly to traffic counts, variances in traffic flow and sight distances.

Joe McCrohan of the South Kerry Development Partnership stated that the SKDP is independent of local authority. He says the IFA has members on it and he, along with Pat O’Driscoll, gave hours consulting with farmers prior to KCC coming on board. He said he did his level best to negotiate prior to KCC getting on board.

A number of hours were spent speaking about a road safety report and the procedures which could be in place for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists on the greenway—should the greenway proceed. Can you expand on this?

A civil engineer said he assumes foreign visitors will have common sense if using the South Kerry Greenway.

Ray Butler, an engineer with Kilkenny-based Roadplan Consulting Ltd., was speaking during the fourth day of An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed greenway about the road safety audited he compiled.

Mr Butler said a road safety audit takes into account the design with respect to ensuring road safety for all users.

Michael O’Donnell, barrister for the Greenway Information Group, queried Mr Butler on a number of issues, including: if he took into account the speeds cyclists could travel at on the greenway; the surface material to be used; which side of the greenway users would travel on; and if the engineer had considered the presence of motorised wheelchairs on the 3m-wide route.

Mr Butler answered no to all questions; however, in relation to which side of the greenway users would travel on, the engineer added that he “assumes all foreign visitors will have common sense” and travel on their left.

Mr O’Donnell also suggested that cyclists could travel up to 40 km/h; Mr Butler agreed.

So, what now?

The oral hearing continues next week. However, it was planned to deal with all information in relation to the planning application this week and the CPO next week. As of Friday afternoon, it’s unknown if the first module will be dealt with in its entirety before the close of business today.

Eamonn Hickson – Friday, 11th October 2019