The coastal path goes through the planning process

The highly anticipated Donacarney to Bettystown Footpath and Cycleway Scheme has moved closer to reality as it progresses through the planning process.

The program was first offered by Cllr Sharon Tolan in 2016.

The proposed development is located on the R150 regional road between Bettystown and Donacarney and includes a 700m shared footpath and cycle path between Whitefield Hall and Realt na Mara Primary Schools.

It includes a cattle underpass, street lighting, landscaping and drainage works.

After the completion of all necessary reports, including ministerial reports, external reports and submissions, the council’s chief executive recommended that the proposed development proceed as outlined in the plans which have been on public display. Advisors now have six weeks if they wish to opt out of this change.

“It has been a long and difficult process, but I am delighted that we are now closer to seeing this safe and much-needed footpath and cycleway delivered to the residents of Donacarney and Bettystown, and the wider East region. Meath,” said Cllr Tolan.

Cllr Tolan said she was disappointed it had taken so long to get to this stage, but was assured that as soon as the six weeks were up and the planning was officially granted, the detailed design and the tender documents will progress very quickly.

“It’s then up to the NTA to determine how quickly they can allocate construction costs, but I made sure they were aware of the importance of this program to the communities involved.”

Louisa R. Loomis