Cavan supports Meath lead on greenway
Cavan Council Council is to give consent to their colleagues in neighbouring Meath to press ahead as the lead authority in developing a greenway along the disused Navan to Kingscourt rail line.
The plan for the development, which dates as far back as 2013, is to utilise the 30 kilometre length of track as a shared pedestrian and cycle trail.
The proposal follows a national strategy to build high quality tourist pathways where their impact on the built and natural environment is at a minimum.
It has been said in the past that if completed, the greenway could stand to attract and additional 150,000 visitors to the region per annum, including families with young children looking to avoid busier more heavily trafficked roads such as the R162- linking Monaghan Town to Navan.
Support for the position to support Meath Council's position was ratified among the members elected to the Bailieborough-Cootehill Municipal District area at least, when Councillors met last week.
At the meeting at the Cootehill former courthouse, a letter was furnished detailing a Meath Council request that both they and their Cavan counterparts enter into what is known as a Section 85 agreement. The agreement allows Meath to forge ahead with the greeway plan, and seek to secure funding as well as manage the construction of the scheme.
See next week's newspaper for full report.