Sinn Féín Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed progress on the proposed footpath in Ravensdale from Blackgate to Annaverna. The news follows a positive meeting with the Active Travel Department in Louth County Council in early January.
The Active Travel team have confirmed they are currently carrying out further investigation of the Blackgate footpath proposal with the aim of submitting an application to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for 2024 funding.
Cllr Watters said “the footpath has been a long running issue for me and I have been pursuing potential funding opportunities for a number of years now. In June 2021 I submitted a petition on behalf of the local residents who are eager to see progress on the footpath following years of campaigning. Since then I have also met with Louth County Council Engineers on site on various occasions to try and progress the project.
“The proposed footpath is a necessary and vital piece of infrastructure in the Ravensdale area and would provide a safe route for residents to the National School, Church and Community Centre. It is great that we now have a potential funding route and I thank Louth County Council for their assistance with this.”
Cllr Watters concluded, “I will continue to liaise with the Active Travel team on the progress of this project and I have also advised that the inclusion of a footpath from Jordan’s corner to Crilly’s shop could be assessed and included in the same application. Hopefully I will have further updates to share on this project soon.”