KCC in talks to extend Grand Canal Greenway to south Kildare

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KCC in talks to extend Grand Canal Greenway to south Kildare
10:10 Saturday 23rd of June 2018

Kildare County Council have said that they are currently in talks with Waterways Ireland over the potential expansion of the Grand Canal Greenway to south Kildare.

There are plans in place to greatly extend the greenway in other parts of the country, but one local councillor in Kildare has requested that the south of the county not be forgotten in such extensions.

Currently, the Grand Canal Way is 117km in length and runs through towns in north Kildare and goes as far down as Sallins, beginning in Dublin and concluding in Shannon Harbour in Offaly.

Cllr Mark Lynch wants it extended to Robertstown and that this is included in the next canal Part 8 walkway development and that we advise Waterways Ireland on same.

KCC have said in their report that they have already been in contact with Waterways Ireland about this however.

"The Planning Department have been actively engaging with Senior Management from Waterways Ireland since March of this year with a view to extending the Grand Canal Greenway across the county," read a council report.

"This project is being pursued in co-operation with neighbouring local authorities in South Dublin and Offaly who are also proposing major improvement works to walking and cycling infrastructure alongside the canal in their respective counties.

"The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport are currently finalising a National Greenway Strategy and it is expected that this major policy document will be ready for publication by the end of June. The Minister has indicated that this national strategy will include a funding package for significant investment in long-distance walking and cycling routes which will be rolled out towards the end of the year.

"The Planning Department are currently preparing plans for investment in walking and cycling infrastructure along the Grand Canal from Ardclough, through Sallins, Robertstown, Allenwood and Ticknevin as far west as the boundary with County Offaly. It is expected that these proposals will be ready to be brought before the members of the relevant Municipal Districts at their September meetings, well in advance of any announcement of any Departmental funding for such projects."

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