Proposed Killala – Enniscrone leisure route may threaten farming life

A joint Mayo – Sligo local authority venture

Sligo News File

More millions of euro are set to be poured into a new Mayo – Sligo greenway if the proposed enterprise is approved.

Informal surveys have been carried out to establish the viability of linking Killala with Enniscrone through Ballina by way of the contemplated development.

The envisaged project  has sparked excitement among some but it’s not as yet sure if farmers whose lands would be severely impacted are jumping with joy at the prospect of the undertaking.

It’s understood that nearly 100 objections have been lodged against the move.

Fears for the safety of people and livestock is a primary concern especially where walkway users would insist on taking dogs with them across the route.

A number of people were killed by cattle while dog walking in the UK this year. According to reports, an 82-year-old man was trampled to death in front of his wife in the Yorkshire dales, in June.

The security of farm property and potential claims for injury involving children straying onto lands is also believed to be a matter of concern.

Earlier this year, Councillor Joe Queenan, who asked for an update on the proposed development was told that Sligo Local Action Group in collaboration with Mayo County Council had submitted an application for funding under the RDP/LEADER Co-operation Programme for a feasibility study and related studies to pursue the potential for an on/off road recreational route to link Enniscrone and Ballina.

The application was approved by the Sligo local action group in December 2020 and would be going to the Mayo LAG in early 2021 for consideration.

Queenan said the project would be exciting for north Mayo/west Sligo, if developed.