Clare councillor pledges to fight Northern Distributor role

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Cllr. Cathal Crowe
Cllr. Cathal Crowe
 A LOCAL councillor has vowed to fight and to bring his council colleagues on board to stop the preferred route for the Limerick Nothern Distributor Road getting the go-ahead on Monday.

Cllr Cathal Crowe (FF) gave a powerpoint presentation the council chamber this week. “I wanted to use a visual aid to convey to them the devastating impact that the propose route line would have on Parteen village. The construction of a dual-carriageway would split the village in half. On one side of the dual-carriageway would lie the school, church, pub and several housing developments. On the other side would lie 4 housing estates and 5 local shops. The community would be torn apart,” the Councillor said.

Councillors are due to  vote on this routeline at their next meeting which is scheduled to take place on Monday next. If a majority are in support then the route line will be transposed into the Clare County Development Plans and the South Clare Plan.
It would then progress through a design stage, Environmental Impact Statement the planning process, land acquisition, tendering stage, ultimately leading to its construction a decade or so from now.

“I plan to oppose the route line and I will be urging other councillors to vote with me,” said Cllr Crowe.

“The Northern Distributor Road in its current form is unviable and very offensive to the communities of Parteen and Clonlara. The proposed road would cut Parteen village in half and would most likely require the demolition of several homes. It would also traverse acres of flood prone lands in Clonlara”.
For more see the edition of the Limerick Post dated July 11.