*Slí Na Mhara/Boreen Rd. Photograph: Joe Buckley
ENHANCING pedestrian activity and access through the Tullyvarraga Woodlands is to form part of the Green Infrastructure Plan for Shannon.
Encouragement for Clare County Council to attempt to source funding under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme “to enhance the public use of Tullyvarraga Woodlands in Shannon Town” was voiced by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).
Responding to Flynn’s motion before the Shannon Municipal District, senior executive engineer, Tom Mellett outlined, “the Green Infrastructure Plan for Shannon envisages this location being an enhanced pedestrian throughway surrounded by public amenity space. To this end Shannon Municipal District Office pedestrianised the Slí Na Mhara/Boreen Rd by removing it from the public road network. We have since cleared the edges of the pathway to restore capacity”.
He added, “This Office intends to use the Green Infrastructure Plan as the basis of an Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme application once the 2023 grant application process is opened”.
“Nature has brought back a lot of growth,” Cllr Flynn stated. He felt there was an opportunity for the area to be enhanced for public use. “A neighbourwood scheme decimated the area before, it’s good that we might be able to do something with it now,” the Shannon representative added.
Support was issued by Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF). “It was used as a dumping ground, it would be nice to see it come back into use”.