Council must act to keep public right of ways in Arklow open

Wicklow Sinn TD John Brady has called on Wicklow County Council to take immediate action to ensure that the public right of ways to North Beach and Porters Rock/Seabank in Arklow are kept open.

Speaking after welcoming a delegation from Arklow into Leinster House on Wednesday to discuss the serious concerns of locals Teachta Brady said “I have been working with a number of concerned residents from Arklow over the last number of months regarding the closure of a number of right of ways to the North Beach and Porters Rock/Seabank areas in Arklow. These are fantastic beaches that locals use daily, some of the right of ways date as far back as 1896. ”

Brady continued “ Over the last number of years access to the right of ways have been restricted and gates padlocked, there has also been a number of complaints made to Wicklow County Council by locals in relation to unauthorised develop in the area that is impacting on the local community. The residents travelled to Lenister House and met with three of the five Wicklow TDs.”

“Public access to these fantastic amenities needs to be protected and I’m calling on Wicklow County Council to act swiftly and decisively to ensure that complete unrestricted access is allowed along the well-established public right of ways.”

Cllr McDonald concluded “The complaints made by the local residents regarding unauthorised development need also to be followed up by the council and enforcement action taken if required. This is a beautiful part of Arklow, and it should be accessible to all, no one should be allowed act above the law. ”

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