Denis Naughten TD, Cathaoirleach of the Dáil Rural & Community Development Committee, has welcomed the allocation of €11,000 to improve access to Coillte forests in Ballygar and Correen outside Ballinasloe.
A sum of €7,000 has been allocated to replace the foot bridge in Aghrane/Ballygar forest with the provision of a new trail to the children’s burial ground.
A further €4,000 has been allocated to Correen forest in South Roscommon to upgrade the carpark, which is in need of investment.
“This is particularly welcome in light of the limited public open space currently available in the Ballinasloe area,” commented Denis Naughten.
“This investment comes on top of significant investment in Coillte forests at Mote Park, Lough Key and Sliabh Ban, as well as the Hymany Way, Suck Valley Way, Lung/Lough Gara Way and Miners Way, with further investment planned for some of these sites over the coming months.
“It is clear that we all have a much greater appreciation of local walks and trails since restrictions were imposed as a result of Covid and it is important that these routes are maintained and developed to improve their accessibility,” concluded Denis Naughten.