Support for new Clonmel to Thurles greenway.
Tipperary Co. Council has agreed to support a study that will examine the feasibility of turning the old Clonmel to Thurles railway line into a walking and cycling greenway a year after shooting down the proposal as not practical.
The Council's Community & Economic Development Pat Slattery informed the Council's monthly meeting in Clonmel last week that the local authority will support a feasibility study into the greenway proposal over the next few months.
The feasibility study will be a joint venture involving the Council, the Clonmel to Thurles Greenway Group, the Leader Programme and Irish Farmers Association.
Mr Slattery said the Council has adopted a framework of guidelines setting out the best practice for the development of greenways. It has also met the IFA about the issue and the organisation was anxious that the Council would be very conscious of landowners and their feelings when developing these projects.
The IFA had concerns about the development of these projects particularly where decisions are taken without their involvement.
He told The Nationalist the Council will find work with the community group set up to spearhead the project and support their application to Leader for funding for the feasibility study.
Independent Thurles Cllr Jim Ryan, who raised the Clonmel to Thurles greenway proposal at the meeting, welcomed Mr Slattery's comments in relation to the joint venture to produce the feasibility study.
"That is the boost the Committee was waiting for. Thank you for your support. It's more positive than a few months ago," he said.
Clonmel WUAG Cllr Pat English also spoke at the Council meeting in support of developing the old rail line between Clonmel and Thurles into a greenway.
He said he had worked on the proposal with the late Cllr Eddie O'Meara and felt it was an amenity that was needed.