Carrick-on-Suir Town Council management have rejected calls from councillors for the original Carrick-on-Suir Bypass route to be included in the town’s new development plan that is before the elected members for approval.
The residents associations of Cregg, Tybressey, Deadman’s Boreen, Garrynarea and Ballingrana opposed to the Co. Council’s decision to select a new “emerging preferred” bypass route passing through their communities, have lobbied town councillors for the original route located closer to the town to be inserted in the new Carrick Development Plan.
A delegation from the residents groups attended the Town Council’s October meeting last week where the draft town plan was before the elected members for approval. The Council debated the issue along with a controversial amendment to the zoning of Tinvane Business Park in committee (with the press and public excluded) for half and hour.
When the public meeting resumed, County Manager Pat Slattery said the elected council hadn’t any say or remit in relation to the bypass route. It was a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA).If the route selection process was in any way flawed, the NRA was the authority to approach.
He explained the original route corridor was omitted in the draft plan because the NRA had told the Council to exclude it. The NRA was no longer considering that route as it didn’t comply with current standards so putting that route into the plan was futile.
Ind.Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald, who pressed for the old route to be included in the town plan, proposed consideration of the town plan be adjourned for a further workshop for councillors on the issues raised. After further discussion, councillors voted by six to two in favour of adjourning and arranging a workshop, which take places next Tuesday and will be followed by a special Council meeting on the Town Plan.