Wicklow Fine Gael TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris has pledged his support to try and help deliver a Greenway connecting Wicklow Town to Greystones.
Minister Harris met this week with the East Coast Greenway Group — a committee that was formed by concerned citizens that live along the route.
The group created an online petition in an attempt to secure funding for the project — it received over 8,500 signatures.
Wicklow County Council announced this week that they will provide funding for a greenway feasibility study; consultancy firm WS Atkins are set to begin work immediately.
The East Coast Greenway Group also met in recent weeks with Wicklow TDs Andrew Doyle, Pat Casey and Stephen Donnelly, with positive reaction and support across the board.
Speaking after meeting the group, Minister Harris said: “We see across the country Greenways have a huge ability to significantly increase tourism numbers in county but also to help create communities in which healthy living can be promoted. Wicklow is the Garden of Ireland. It already has beautiful walks and trails and there is no doubt our county can and should seek to benefit from Greenway investment funding.”
The Government announced this year a National Greenway Strategy with €53 million allocated for the provision of Greenways.
“This Greenway route could be transformational for our communities. Clearly there is a huge amount of work to be done with stakeholders to make sure these projects can be delivered for our county and I look forward to working very closely with the committee to help make this project a reality in the coming years,” Minister Harris added.
Chairman of the East Coast Greenway Group, Ciaran Lally said: “Minister Harris recognises the huge support we have received from the people of Wicklow and their desire to see the Greenway delivered in as short a time as possible.
“Minister Harris is meeting us again in two weeks times as he has a number of initiatives he wants to work on, to help move the project forward.”
Chairman of the East Coast Greenway Group Ciaran Lally.