Given just how beautiful the stretch of coastline between Greystones and Wicklow town happens to be, it makes perfect sense for us to have an East Coast Greenway.
Just imagine, you could take in the sights, the towns and that Little Tern Bird Sanctuary too, and all the while breathing that fresh Irish Sea air.
Is it any wonder that a petition to make this dream trek a reality garnered over 6,000 votes in just four days.
The man behind the petition is Ciaran Lally, and we’ll be talking to this proud Wicklow town resident next week, after some breaking news this week is signed, sealed and delivered.
A development that has been a defined objective in the Wicklow County Development Plan 2016-2022 as well as the Greystones, Delgany & Kilcoole Local Area Plan 2013-2019, Wicklow County County are actively seeking the necessary moolah through various national funding sources to start the process.
The fact that Irish Rail carry out the major structural works along the coast means that the base on top of which this greenway path would go already exists, by and large. Let’s just hope Irish Rail are happy to join the party.
A big part of the funding should be coming through the newly-launched Greenway Strategy, a long-term, nationwide plan that will provide funds of up to €53m between 2019 and 2021. The 6km Blessington Greenway is already at stage one, whilst the East Coast Greenway, at roughly 20km, will be a tad more expensive. The eco-friendly dust footpath chosen over the likes of tarmac or concrete costs €100,000 per km, approximately, but there will be a need for the occasional new bridge along the way.
Overall, the cost of the East Coast Greenway is being pitched at the €5m mark.
In the meantime, you can find out more about – and sign – the petition right here. We’ll be talking with Ciaran Lally next week, when the East Coast Greenway should be one giant step closer.
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