Council urged to back river walk and park proposal

A community group has voiced disappointment at Carrick Town Council’s response to its proposal to develop a riverside walkway to the town’s historic Navigation Wall and a park at the Bog Field in Carrickbeg and urged it to do a u-turn.

A community group has voiced disappointment at Carrick Town Council’s response to its proposal to develop a riverside walkway to the town’s historic Navigation Wall and a park at the Bog Field in Carrickbeg and urged it to do a u-turn.

Carrickbeg Development Group has accused Carrick-on-Suir Town Clerk Michael O’Brien of failing to give a lead to the group to find a way of developing the amenity area from Dillon Bridge to the Navigation Wall.

And it has appealed to Town Hall management to reverse its “grave and erroneous” decision on the proposed project and not set it back another five years.

The Group has issued this call to the Town Council in a letter to the editor of The Nationalist that will be published in next week’s edition.

The letter has been written in response to a debate at last month’s Town Council meeting in which Council management poured cold water on Fine Gael Cllr Margaret Croke’s motion requesting the Council to develop the riverside walk and park. She tabled the motion after attending a public meeting in Carrickbeg at which local people expressed a wish for the two amenities.

In his response to the motion, Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said it would not be possible at this time for the Council to develop a walkway and/or recreational area at this location as most of the land is privately own and it has been established by the Council that a right of way does not exist to the Navigation Wall.

When called on to CPO the privately owned land along the route, Mr O’Brien said he couldn’t give a commitment that the Council will immediately seek to CPO land. He explained it was a complex matter, the Council was looking at acquiring other land banks in the town and had to prioritise what land it would CPO in the town.

However, Mr O’Brien did promise that the Town Council would try to the best of its ability to establish the ownership of land along the walkway and at the Navigation Wall, which was built in the 1830s to allow heavier boats travel on the Suir.

Carrickbeg Development Group outlines in its letter to the editor of The Nationalist that it received unanimous support from a wide range of local people and public representatives for its plan to have the Bog Field and Navigation Channel designated as a riverside walk and park.

The letter said the Development Group proposed the project in its submission to the draft Carrick Town Council meeting.

And it claims that the Group was told last year that funding would be available to it for the project provided it received the Council’s support as the local authority owned most of the land in that area.

The letter pointed out that every town and village in Ireland were using their river, canal or lake for the benefit of their people and to promote tourism and job creation. But this was not to be in Carrick-on-Suir.