BREAKING - Controversial Barrow Blueway affecting Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare refused planning

Sean Keane

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BREAKING - Controversial Barrow Blueway  affecting Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare  refused planning

Olivia O'Leary and two others at a protest meeting on the River Barrow last summer

A controversial plan to develop a blueway for cyclists and hikers along the River Barrow at Graignamanagh, Goresbridge and St Mullins has been refused planning permission by Carlow County Council.

In its decision, the local authority said that based on the information submitted  to it, including the Environment Impact Statement and Natura Impact statement, it was not satisfied that the applicant had demonstrated that the proposed development incorporating the provision of an on-bound surface of compacted stone and dust surface within a flood zone of the river Barrow would not significantly affect the River Barrow and River Nore  and the council's  conservation objectives.

It also said it was not satisfied that Waterways Ireland had demonstrated  that the blueway  would not give rise to ecological impacts and would not significantly effect the River Barrow and River Nore special areas of conservation and its conservation objectives.