Statement: Refusal of Planning Permission for Slane Bypass Welcomed by Save Newgrange

Save Newgrange makes its sumission to An Bord Pleanala in January 2010
(Photo: Constance Buccafurri, by Niall Carson, Press Association of Ireland)

SAVE NEWGRANGE – PRESS RELEASE – 7 March 2012

‘Group Welcomes An Bord Pleanala Decision on Slane Bypass – Calls for HGV Ban’

Save Newgrange welcomes the announcement today that An Bord Pleanala has refused planning permission for the N2 Slane Bypass, in County Meath – and calls on the Minister for Transport, the NRA and Meath County Council to immediately implement a HGV ban of the village.The group had launched a Facebook campaign, after the route, which was proposed to pass within 500m of the Newgrange/Bru na Boinne UNESCO World Heritage Site, was announced by Meath County Council , in December 2009.

Extensive legal submissions were made by members of the group, to An Bord Pleanala, and numerous high-profile archaeologists, such as Professor George Eogan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at UCD, objected to the plan. The 3.5km bypass was to be part of the larger M2/A5 Dublin to Derry road upgrade, which is still in planning in Northern Ireland, and which is to be the longest road project ever built in Ireland. It had been mooted as part of the St. Andrews Agreement. Other objections were voiced, regarding the design and funding of the bypass, by Dr. Edgar Morgenroth, Transport Economist with the E.S.R.I., who called it “idiotic.”  Campaign spokesperson, Vincent Salafia, said:

“This is a huge victory for heritage and sustainable development in Ireland.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is our most popular tourist attraction, which will play a key role in our economic recovery, and it deserves the highest level of legal protection.  We urge the authorities to immediately implement a HGV ban in the village, in order to protect drivers, villagers and the heritage value of the village.

NEWS STORIES:

The Irish Times – Breaking News – Planning refused for Slane bypass
RTE News: – Permission refused for proposed Slane bypass
The Irish Independent – Slane bypass plan rejected as “too close to heritage site”
BBC News – Slane by-pass planning permission refused

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