Slane has a medieval bridge and an 18th century
road carrying 21st century articulated traffic…
The only long-term solution to the
ongoing traffic problem in Slane
is the construction of the bypass.

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Bypass Slane Campaign meet with County Manager to discuss Slane Bypass Options

24th April 2012

Members of the Bypass Slane Campaign and the Slane Bridge Action Group met with Meath County Manager, Tom Dowling and several senior members of the Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Departments. The Council advised us that they are committed to providing a bypass for Slane and this intention will be included in the Meath Development plan. However, the Council informed us that it would be several years before this scheme is delivered following An Bord Pleanala’s recent decision to refuse permission for this life-saving road. ABP chose to ignore their own Inspector’s recommendation that they seek further information on the scheme, which would have left the application open. As matters now stand, an entirely new application will have to be made and put through the entire planning process again. Bizarrely, there is no mechanism for MCC to meet with ABP to discuss the reasons for the recent refusal, or to discuss how a new application could proceed to a positive conclusion through the planning system. This is absolutely appalling in view of the emphasis placed on value for money in these difficult economic times.

MCC are now in the process of preparing a report requested by the Minister for Transport and will carry out a study on what ABP termed “alternative traffic management options” for Slane, principally an HGV ban. Comprehensive traffic studies will be undertaken in Slane in May and a detailed examination of how an HGV ban may be implemented in the village will be modelled. However, the Council are of the very strong view that an HGV will be extremely problematic to implement and will not be the “quick fix” that objectors to the scheme have claimed for so long that it would be. Implementation, if even feasible, would be a lengthy process involving co-operation between Meath, Louth and Fingal County Councils and An Garda Siochana, would involve revisiting tolling on the M1 and M3 routes, with the possibility of a toll on the N2, and have implications from a European stand-point. Additionally, the Council fears transference of risk of road accidents from the N2 through Slane Village to local communities in the Slane area on whatever roads are used to implement a HGV ban. There is also a possibility of legal challenges from local businesses who legitimately depend on HGV transport for their businesses. An HGV ban is not a comprehensive solution to Slane's traffic problems as it was recognised that such a measure would not affect the very large volume of car traffic travelling through the village. For those who attended the Oral Hearing, this will all sound achingly familiar.

As a group and a community, we need to keep a watchful eye on the current process and ensure that the Slane Bypass is kept firmly on the political Agenda. Please write to your local political representatives, Shane McEntee and Dominic Hannigan and express your disgust at An Bord Pleanala’s recent decision.

Following the meeting we received a letter from Mr Tom Dowling, Meath County Manager, detailing the steps that Meath County Council intend to take in relation to the bypass in the short to medium term. This letter may be downloaded HERE.

 

 

Meath County Council

Following the meeting we received a letter from Mr Tom Dowling, Meath County Manager, detailing the steps that Meath County Council intend to take in relation to the bypass in the short to medium term. This letter may be downloaded HERE.

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Contact us at bypassslanecampaign@gmail.com

Bypass Slane Campaign, c/o Slane Community Forum, The Village Inn, Slane, Co. Meath.