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Slane Community group puts very strong message in favour of the proposed bypass to Bord Pleanála.

17th February 2011

This morning, the first presentation immediately following Meath County Council was that of the combined Slane Community group. In all, fourteen speakers representing a wide variety of groups and organisations in the Slane community came together to put the case to the Bord Pleanála inspectors for the proposed Slane Bypass.

Representatives from Slane Community Forum, the Slane Bridge Action Group, St Patrick's National School, St Patrick's NS Parent Association, Slane Tidy Towns, Slane Traders, Slane Gaelic Football Club, the Ledwidge Museum Committee, the Bypass Slane Campaign and a number of other local residents gave strong accounts of scenes they had witnessed in Slane over the years, the day-to-day realities of living under constant threat of another crash, the difficulties involved in the most simple of activities as walking from one side of our village to the other.

The experince of the most recent major crash in March 2009 was also conveyed to the inspectors by a number of the speakers, including members of the Bypass Slane Campaign. A powerpoint presentation showing graphic images of the scenes of various of the accidents to have happened on the streets of the village over years was also show to the inspectors.

The experience of the recent Mill Hill closure and the effective ban on HGVs it created was also presented along with the message that a ban on HGVs would not work because of the difficulties involved in implementing and policing such a measure apart from the dangers it would create elsewhere.

Prof. Philip Geoghegan, author of the Slane at the Crossroads report also gave expert testimony in favour of the proposed bypass and detailed the major negative social, economic and community impacts of the current N2 on the village.

In an unscheduled presentation, a representative of the Meath Association of An Taisce spoke in strong support of the proposed bypass, recognising the need for the intervention and accepting that the proposal detailed in the Meath County Council is the best available option. This position is in direct opposition to the position taken by An Taisce Heritage Officer, Ian Lumley.

John Rogers, Crewbane, Slane then began a presentation in opposition to the bypass stating that his objection 'does not relate to my own residential amenity, although there is no doubt that my amenity will be affected'. Mr Rogers had previously alleged that the Oral Hearing could be flawed due to the timing of the writing and release of a report on the impact of the proposed bypass on the Brú na Bóinne World HEritage Site (see Meath Chronicle report HERE).

Read the coverage in the Irish Times HERE.

Read also the Meath Chronicle coverage HERE.

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