People in Ballinasloe and the surrounding areas have shown a great welcome to the Greenway. Over 120 people attended the first round of public consultation in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, one of 5 public consultations in Co. Galway.
Community groups, schools, clubs, business associations, advocacy groups including Athlone to Ballinasloe Greenway Group and our Town Team, all made submissions before the deadline of 7th September
As a champion for this project, Senator Aisling Dolan noted ‘Over 220 people also made the effort to pop into my office on Society St to make a submission and tell the project team why we want to see a Greenway come through Ballinasloe. Thank you to everyone including our volunteers in the office making a difference.
We have so much to offer in this part of East Galway, a treasure trove of history, culture, blueways, walkways and the people in our town – their friendliness and generosity– the reason visitors who come back again & again.
The Greenway will reinvigorate our towns and villages with tourism & spin off benefits. With no public park access in Ballinasloe - we need to have a safe place off-road to walk & cycle for families, people with prams, wheelchair users. The Dublin-Galway national cycleway will transform the town of Ballinasloe working together with communities in surrounding areas by consensus.
The next steps will see project team engagement with landowners and potentially 4-5 routes for consideration from the study area map, this is scheduled for December or next January.’
Geraldine Healy, a member of the Greenway project team based beside the new library in Ballinasloe, noted ‘the team are heartened by the turn-out at public consultations and numbers of submissions received. We are happy to meet by appointment taking public health guidelines into account. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: (091) 509267’
A virtual consultation can also be viewed on the website https://www.galwaytoathlonecycleway.com/