The River Barrow quay in Goresbridge is set to undergo a number of significant renovations to improve its public amenity value, following planning approval from Kilkenny County Council last week.
The upgrade will include a new 1.5m-wide paved footpath, with recessed lighting, which will connect the entrance from the public road at the bridge to the boat slip area adjacent to the River Barrow. There will be new seating along the footpath area, a new six-space carpark, and a grassy area.
Existing access is to be re-surfaced, including the turning area. There will also be new floodlights and CCTV installed, while the existing public bin will be re-located.
The site is on the western side of the River Barrow, south of the bridge at the quay. It is owned by Waterways Ireland, who have consented to the works.
The project was temporarily hampered in July, when the council deemed that the works might have ‘potential significant negative impacts’ on the Rivers Barrow and Nore, and thus required a Natura Impact Statement (NIS). The site is within a Special Area of Conservation, protected under EU directives.
An NIS was carried out by ecologist Emer Sexton, who found that there was a risk to the local water quality, as well as species and habitats. A number of mitigation measures were then put forward in a second appendix, which satisfied the council’s requirements. It is hoped that the design and layout of the development will result in an improvement of the existing public amenity area.