Councillors approve new 10k Achill greenway plan

A NEW 10.6k greenway is to be developed, linking Achill Sound with Bunnacurry.

Plans approved by councillors include a 413-metre boardwalk and public realm improvements at Achill Sound.

The walking and cycling route will tie in with existing walking trails and local roads.

A house will be demolished at Achill Sounds as part of the public realm improvements which include traffic calming and the construction of a plaza and promenade.

Five local landowner submissions were among those submitted to Mayo County Council when the plans were advertised. Concerns raised included a lack of consultation, loss of privacy, impact on BPS payments, and the impact of dogs on livestock.

The council, prior to any construction, will require a permissive access agreement with landowners, which will address any concerns, councillors were told.

Achill-based Councillor Paul McNamara told a West Mayo Municipal District meeting yesterday that the importance of this project was immense to Achill for tourism. “It's a great day for Achill,” he said.

The Great Western Greenway, he said, is probably the most valuable piece of infrastructure on the western seaboard and it was very important that they invest in it.

Councillor McNamara acknowledged the issues raised by some landowners and said the council will cooperate with them so everyone is on board with the project. Consultation would prevent any issues going forward.