Road will ‘destroy’ city’s medieval core, says Noonan

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission for the Central Access Scheme and new bridge crossing has been condemned by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens).

An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission for the Central Access Scheme and new bridge crossing has been condemned by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens).

“We can now kiss our reputation as a heritage city goodbye on foot of this decision. It will split the medieval foundations of the city in two with a road to nowhere, to a brownfield site for a supermarket,” he said.

He said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

“Both Local Authorities have already set aside significant sums of money for this project and members of the Borough Council will set aside a further €1 million in the Capital Programme, precious funding that could be used to benefit the community,” he said.

Cllr Noonan said he would be meeting with the other objectors of the scheme to see what options were left for their campaign.

“We don’t have the resources to take this campaign any further,” he said. “I feel very sad for our city today as I believe that all of the really progressive work we have been doing to consolidate Kilkenny’s reputation as a heritage city will be undone by this unnecessary piece of outdated infrastructure. It has no place in sustainable urban planning.”