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Ulster Canal Greenway

Waterways Ireland, and our project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council, East Border Region Ltd and the Blackwater Regional Partnership, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking Castle Saunderson in Co. Cavan to Charlemont in Co. Armagh mainly along the route of the disused Ulster Canal and using sections of disused railway infrastructure.

​The Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy is being developed voluntarily to plan the development of a Greenway that will encourage sustainable travel and visitor trips to the region, will help preserve the heritage elements (built, natural and cultural) of the Ulster Canal, will provide recreational facilities, will help meet national and transboundary objectives of developing sustainable transport in this area and will provide greater cross-border connectivity.

Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy

Waterways Ireland, and their project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Mid Ulster Council, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking Castle Saunderson in County Cavan to Charlemont in County Armagh mainly along the route of the disused Ulster Canal and using sections of disused railway infrastructure. The proposals for development of these greenway sections are provided within the Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy.

The draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports will be available for public consultation from the 28th April 2017 until the 21st July 2017. As part of this public consultation there will be four public information events held, which will demonstrate the proposed greenway routes, with cross sections, related imagery, and interactive mapping available. The public information events are as follows:

​Date​Time​Location
​Monday 8th May​3pm - 8pm​Courtyard Room, Newtownbutler Community Hall, Co Fermanagh
​Tuesday 9th May​​3pm - 8pm​Market House in Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan
​Wednesday 10th May​​3pm - 8pm​Seven Horseshoes, Belturbet, Co Cavan
​Thursday 18th May​3pm - 8pm​Market House, Middletown, Co Armagh

Your comments and feedback on the draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports are welcome on or before July 21, 2017.  Draft documents are available for inspection at the project partner offices or downloaded below:

Return feedback by email: cormac.mccarthy@waterwaysireland.org;

By post:  Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy
                Cormac McCarthy
                Environment & Heritage Section
                Waterways Ireland
                Dock Road
                Drewsborough
                Scarriff
                Co. Clare


 

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Strategic Environmental Assessment - Scoping

As the competent authority Waterways Ireland are notifying statutory and non-statutory consultees of the scoping of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy. Waterways Ireland, and their project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, East Border Region Ltd and the Blackwater Regional Partnership, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking Castle Saunderson in County Cavan to Charlemont in County Armagh mainly along the route of the disused Ulster Canal and using sections of disused railway infrastructure.

Submissions or observations in relation to this scoping report, or in relation to the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the Environmental Report, may be made to us by 26th August 2016. At the following address:​ 

Cormac McCarthy

Waterways Ireland

Dock Road

Drewsborough

Scarriff

County Clare

Ireland

Fax: +353-(0)61-922147

Email: cormac.mccarthy@waterwaysireland.org

 Digital copy of the SEA Scoping Report.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or would like to discuss this further.

Strategic Environmental Assessment - Screening

Waterways Ireland and their project partners wish to plan the development of the Ulster Canal Greenway transport corridor in a sustainable and transparent manner. Waterways Ireland wish to ensure that the strategic planning process includes full and proper consideration of the potential effects of this Greenway network development upon the environment and upon communities across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Waterways Ireland believes that it is best environmental practice for them to undertake a SEA of the Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy.

Waterways Ireland have consulted with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Environmental Protection Agency in a SEA Screening exercise on 25/03/16. The response from the NIEA is available here​, which welcomes the decision to undertake a SEA as best environmental practice to benefit the Ulster Canal Development Strategy. The response from the EPA is available here​.

Waterways Ireland and their project partners will develop the Ulster Canal Development Strategy and SEA of the Strategy throughout 2016  and further information on the progress of the Strategy and the SEA of the Strategy will be made available on this site.

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