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Royal Canal Greenway Maynooth to Dublin County Boundary

Royal Canal Greenway Maynooth to Dublin County Boundary

Planning and Development Act 2000 (As amended)

Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2013 (As amended)(Part 8)

Pursuant to the requirements of the above, Kildare County Council proposes to construct circa 8.4km of shared pedestrian and cycle greenway facility along the towpath and lands adjacent to the Royal Canal from the Canal Harbour, Maynooth to the Kildare/Dublin County border in Allenwood. The proposed development, which is the subject of this Part 8, will include the following:

a) Improvements to the existing towpath along the Royal Canal by providing a 2.5-3m wide cycleway and shared footway (greenway), where possible, with a suitable surface i.e. grit surface or bituminous bound surfacing, depending on local conditions, for pedestrian and cyclist use

b) Provision of an off-road cycle track adjacent to the R148 between Pikes Bridge and the existing pedestrian lights located outside Intel, east of Kellystown Lane, with associated works including the provision of a kerb, road markings and reduction in the existing hard shoulder width to approximately 2m for a length of approximately 1.3km

c) Provision of access controls (pedestrian/cycle friendly gates), road markings and associated signage at various locations over the length of the proposed greenway

d) 2 no. 150mm ducts along the full length of the greenway facility

e) Environmentally sensitive lighting, such as low pressure sodium lights or similar, located between the following locations:

  • Straffan Road Bridge to a point 600m east of Straffan Road Bridge
  • Deey Bridge to a point 90m east of Cope Bridge

f) Provision of a toucan crossing (upgrade of existing pedestrian crossing) on the R406 (Straffan Road) in Maynooth and a toucan crossing (upgrade of existing pedestrian crossing) on the R148 in Leixlip (beside the Intel facility) east of Kellystown Lane

g) Works to the existing and provision of new access points to the proposed Royal Canal Greenway at the following locations:

  • New access point adjacent to Pikes Bridge to allow cyclists to use proposed cycle track on the R148
  • New access point near Deey Bridge to allow cyclists to use proposed cycle track on the R148
  • New access point via a 175m long 3m wide greenway link to the R449 (M4 Link Road) from proposed Royal Canal Greenway
  • New access point to R148 at Louisa Bridge using a ramp from the proposed Royal Canal Greenway, which requires the removal of a section of the western bridge parapet
  • Upgrade of the existing access point to the east side of Cope Bridge, which requires the removal of a short section of the eastern bridge parapet.

h) The development will be located adjacent to the Royal Canal and will consist of a boardwalk structure and parapet railing on the easterly and westerly approach and in the case of the railings, under the shadow of the following bridges:

  • Old Mullen Bridge (Parapet only)
  • Straffan Bridge
  • Pikes Bridge
  • Louisa Bridge
  • Cope Bridge

This development will materially affect the character of part of three protected structures Old Mullen Bridge, Pike Bridge and Deey Bridge. The bridges are listed as protected structures in the Kildare County Development Plan 2011-2017, Chapter 12 Architectural and Archaeological Heritage, 12.10 Record of Protected Structures:

  • B05-60-11803103 Old Mullen Bridge, Royal Canal Main Line
  • B06-13-11900601 Pike Bridge, Royal Canal Main Line.
  • B06-14-11900602 Deey Bridge and Lock 13, Carton House, Royal Canal Main Line.

In accordance with S.I. 476, 2011, Section 250, Planning and Development (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2011, the first stage of the Appropriate Assessment process- screening, has been completed in compliance with the relevant European Commission and national guidelines.

Plans and particulars of the proposed scheme will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during normal opening hours from Tuesday, 15 December 2015 until Tuesday, 2 February 2016 during public opening hours at the following locations:

  • Kildare County Council, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Department (Level 4) at the address below
  • Maynooth Municipal District Office, Leinster Street, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Maynooth Community Library, Main Street, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Leixlip Library, Captains Hill, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Plans and particulars of the proposed scheme will also be available to view on the Council’s website 

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated should be made in writing, with the following heading ‘Royal Canal Greenway Maynooth to Dublin County Boundary’ and addressed to:

A/Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transport and Public Safety (Level 4) at the address below, on or before 12.00 noon Wednesday, 17 February 2016.

All comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this scheme will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented to the monthly meeting of Kildare County Council. Accordingly they will also be included in the minutes of that meeting and may appear in the public domain.

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