There will be eight public access points to the €1.9m new cycling/walking Greenway along the riverbank towpath between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel when it’s completed next year.
Details of the amenity project’s progress were outlined at Carrick Municipal District Council’s recent monthly meeting. Planning permission for the Greenway was approved at a Tipperary Co. Council meeting last week.
Clonmel Borough District executive engineer Paddy Crotty outlined to Carrick MDC members that the Greenway will be developed in four separate sections so that at least one section will always be open to the public throughout the construction phase.
The minimum width of the Greenway will be 1.5m and this would extend to 3m in places where land was available.
Mr Crotty said there will be very few access points to the Greenway between Carrick-on-Suir and Kilsheelan. The main one in Carrick-on-Suir will be at the riverbank at Sean Healy Park.
He said the Council may develop another access point around Dovehill but not in this current project, which was confined to developing land in the Council’s ownership.
Sinn Fein Cllr David Dunne told the meeting a number of people had come to him with concerns about the environmental impact of the project. One person was worried the Greenway would adversely impact on Kingfishers on the river bank and the concrete path wouldattract anti-social elements. He wanted gates at the entrances to stop motorbikes getting access.
Mr Crotty responded that gates will be erected that will open to a certain extent to allow walkers and cyclists to get through.
He said an environmental assessment report on the project was carried out by environmental officers who dealt with a Greenway in Dungarvan and the Council had discussions with local fishermen and the Inland Fisheries in relation to their concerns about the environmental impact of the Greenway.
Mr Crotty added that there were no proposals to take out hedges and trees along the riverbank though some will have to be cut back.
Tipperary Co. Council expects the development of the Greenway along the River Suir towpath will be finished by the end of next year.
He Crotty said the designs for the 20km Greenway were ready to go to tender and the tendering process will take six to eight weeks.
He said the start date for the project will depend on weather conditions because of the towpath’s riverside location. Funding for the project has to be drawn down by the end of next summer and the Council hopes to have the work substantially finished in the last quarter of next year.