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Bord Pleanála release their provisional agenda for the Oral Hearing

9th February 2011

Bord Pleanála today released the provisional timetable of events for the Oral Hearing into the Slane Bypass Road Scheme, due to commence on Tuesday 15th February. The proceedings have been broken into three distinct modules dealing with the application for permission to construct the road, the effects on the World Heritage Site and finally issues surrounding the cumpulsory purchase of the required lands.

The first two days of the hearing will be domnated by presentations by expert witnesses speaking on behalf of Meath County Council setting out the need for the road and the associates envieonmental impacts. This will be followed on Day 3 (Thursday 17th) by a combined presentation by various community representatives from Slane Village including Slane Community Forum, the Bypass Slane Campaign and the Slane Bridge Action Group. The wider experience of the traffic problems in the village and the problems created by it will be presented by representatives of other groups and institutions including Slane Traders Association, Slane NS, the school Parent Association, the Slane Parish, Slane GFC and the Ledwidge Museum Committee. The Friday of the first week will be dominated by presentations by objectors to the scheme including John Rogers and An Taisce.

The second week of the Hearing will deal with archaeological and World Hertage issues and Day 1 will include presentations on the archaeology of the area and proposed route as well as a presentation by Dr Douglas Comer, World Heritage expert. Further presentations will be made on Day 2 by objectors to the scheme and the remaining three days will be taken up with cross examination of expert witnesses. There will be some further presentations on the Monday of Week 3 (28th February) followed by further cross-examination of expert witnesses for the rest of tht week.

Week 4 is set aside for examination of outstanding issues relating to the CPOs and the Oral Hearing is set to close on 9th March.

To view the timetable issued by Bord Pleanála, please click HERE.

In an attempt to delay the commencement of Oral Hearing, an objection has been lodged by John Rogers as Dr Comer's testimony on the impact on the World Heritage Site is not being made available in full in advance of his presentation. This was reported on in this wek's Meath Chronicle and can be accessed HERE.

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