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Frequently Asked Questions 

1.        What happens after this consultation finishes on January 31st?

The Project Team will assess the response from the Consultation, and, health advice permitting, visit landowners in the consultation areas to further discuss the project. These visits and further dialogue will inform the best route within an area and provide information for the environmental and design process. The January 31st date is the deadline for responses from the general public. It is really the start of discussions with landowners and farmers in the consultation areas. However, input from landowners and farmers prior to 31st January is very welcome and can guide the latter discussions.

2.           Land Acquisition

As a key objective we aim to route the proposed greenway through publicly owned lands and avoid directly impacting farms and other properties where possible.  Given the length of linear projects of this nature, the ultimate route of the proposed greenway will also travel through portions of land and property that are in private ownership.  Where this is likely to occur, we will liaise with the landowner / farmer in advance to pick the least disruptive route possible, such as along the farm boundary. Where private land is needed for the cycleway, we will strive to agree a purchase of the lands by voluntary agreement on acceptable terms with the landowner / farmer.  To note all land for the cycleway will be purchased rather than through use of permissive access. 

3.                 Insurance/Indemnities

The Council will indemnify the landowner / farmer against all actions, claims and demands arising from the acquisition of the land for the construction and use of the cycleway.

4                 Fencing/Maintenance 

Where necessary, stockproof fences shall be provided to assist in preventing trespass and for the protection of members of the public and animals. Fencing and boundary treatment will be discussed and agreed with the landowner / farmer and provided and maintained by the Council. 

5.                 Farm Severance

We are confident that in the vast majority of cases, it will be possible to route the cycleway along farm boundaries and avoid severance. 

6.                 Road or Farm Crossings

We will make every effort to avoid crossing any private access roads / driveways. If a crossing is unavoidable it is important that pedestrians and cyclists give way to property owners using the private access road / driveway and the crossing will, therefore, be constructed to include a staggered chicane and warning signs on the greenway leading to the private road / driveway. 

7.                 Screening/Privacy

The cycleway will be routed to stay away from houses or farm buildings. Where necessary, screening such as hedges, fences or other suitable screening will be used to provide adequate privacy. 

8.                 Planning Permissions/Future Development

A cycleway should not impose any new planning restrictions on adjoining farmland. Should a farmer / landowner adjoining the greenway, having had land acquired for the greenway, wish to expand his landholding by acquiring or long-term leasing another property adjoining the other side of the greenway, the Council / Local Authority will consider appropriate access arrangements to connect the two farm properties alongside the greenway. 

9.                 Nuisance/Crime/Anti-Social Behaviour

The Greenway will be designed, managed, and maintained by the council who will put appropriate measures in place and work closely with key stakeholders, like the Gardaí, in keeping with experience gained on other greenway  projects. Experience to date from other greenways around the country is that there hasn’t been anti-social instances and the greenways tend to be managed by passive surveillance of the users.     

10.                 State-Owned Land

We will make every effort to minimise the number of private land holdings directly affected by the proposed greenway. The strategy will be to use existing suitable state-owned lands (Coillte, Bord na Móna, flood defence, etc.) along the proposed route corridors. These lands will be prioritised in determining the preferred route corridor options. 

11.             Restrictions on Future Activities  

A cycleway should not impose any new restrictions on adjoining farmland in relation to normal agricultural activities. 

12.             Disease Control/Dogs 

The Council will comply with any Regulations in connection with the Department of Agriculture Disease Eradication Scheme. Walking of dogs will only be permitted if the dog is on a lead. 

13.             Assessment of Compensation 

It is envisaged that the vast majority of Voluntary Land Acquisition and / or Compensation Agreements will be achieved by directly negotiated means. It is, however, acknowledged that this may not always be possible and, accordingly, the parties can avail of a Mediation Process or similar processes if needed. It is intended to introduce an advanced payment once a Voluntary Land Acquisition Agreement is executed and the focus will be on ensuring the rights of landowners / farmers are fairly treated throughout the process. 

14.             Agronomists 

Where a landholding / farm is affected by the preferred route corridor, the Council will pay for an independent agronomist to assist the landowner / farmer in the process. 

15.             Code of Practice setting this out in writing prior to implementation 

A Code of Practice for the development of greenways is in preparation and will set out the processes to be followed by the Council and its obligations in the proper and fair treatment of all landowners / farmers.