hen news broke recently that there were plans afoot to build a link road from Woodies roundabout at the Southern Cross Road in Bray to the eastern roundabout at Kilmacanogue village, naturally, the locals weren’t too pleased.
They’d been here before, of course, the N11 splitting Kilmacanogue in two all those years ago, and just about turning the village into little more than a glorified service station lay-by.
Almost immediately, a campaign group formed, pointing out not only the devastation of more traffic being directed into and through Kilmacanogue but also the negative effect such a development would have on both the surrounding natural beauty and its abundant wildlife habitat – including deer, pheasant, otter, lizard and pine martens.
More significantly, having stumbled across the plans purely by chance just 10 days before the objections deadline, these wily coyotes managed to pull together 1,300 handwritten letters letting the council know just how dumb a move this would be. There’s another 4,000 waiting to be downloaded and written out.
Apparently, handwritten really clogs up the system. Nice.
Cutting through, it seems, quite a chunk of the Brennanstown Riding School, you can have a shot at figuring out exactly who, what and where of this proposed new link road right here. And you may even gain some more insight from a March 2010 plan along the same lines here.
Suffice to say, it will affect Kilmacanogue, the surrounding view, and that abundant habitat. Deeply.
We’re hoping to talk with singer Mary Coughlan – who has joined the This Road Is Pointless campaign – over the coming days, to get a firmer grip on what’s involved here. In the meantime, we decided a trek up The Little Sugar Loaf was called for, so we could bask in the beauty once more.
In the words of the great Saint Joni of Alberta, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…