Answers sought over change to Letterkenny footpath plans

 

Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford

Councillors in Letterkenny are demanding a full report on why a plan to construct a footpath in the Crievesmith was abandoned, and the money allocated to it transferred to Leck without their knowledge.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan says an explanation offered at a meeting this week was not sufficient, and more answers are required.

Responding to a question from Cllr Gerry McMonagle, officials said the lands required for the footpath are in third party ownership, and Donegal County Council have been unsuccessful in securing them.

He was told the funding has subsequently been transferred to the Leck Road for the construction of a footpath and public lighting from Leck Grave yard to the Creche and beyond. In the meantime Donegal County Council will continue to investigate the possibility of obtaining land to construct this footpath
when future funding becomes available.

When Cllr Ciaran Brogan asked for a report on the land in question, he was told it was previously owned by the council, but 16 years ago, it was transferred to Respond for a voluntary housing Scheme. That scheme did not commence as planned, and officials say the Council has been in ongoing discussions
with Respond.

The issue is to be discussed at a workshop shortly, with Cllr Brogan says he wants answers.