My submission to Meath County Council on the proposed planning application on the Harlockstown Lane to Nine Mile Stone Roundabout Footpath.
“30th Janurary 2019
RE: Harlockstown Lane to Nine Mile Stone Roundabout Footpath
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to submit my observations on the proposed development of a 1.3km footpath along the R125 with associated works including bus stops, pedestrian crossings, public lighting ducting etc. from the top of Harlockstown Lane to the Nine Mile Stone roundabout in Ashbourne Co. Meath.
As a former County Councillor and as a TD I am well aware, and have frequently raised the issue, of this connection for the people of Baltrasna and Harlockstown. I want to fully support this planning application being made by Meath County Council, the proposed plans are necessary from a safety point of view for the residents of the area.
Harlockstown and Baltrasna are within walking distance of the town of Ashbourne and the current 103 bus route, and as such, many people currently walk along the road or the grass verge, this is totally unsafe and the provision of this footpath should be made a priority. The addition of a permanent bus stop is also very welcome considering the current official stop leaves passengers at the side of a busy road.
Hundreds of people live on this small stretch of road and the two lanes running off of it, these will all greatly benefit from the development of this footpath, safely linking them to the large town of Ashbourne, the local Gala Shop as well as bus stops servicing the 105, 103, 103x and 109a.
I want to urge the planning department to grant this permission, and for the council to progress these works as soon as possible.