I note with interest the Leitrim Observer’s news item published on the 23rd June 2012. It pertains to Leitrim County Council’s approval at their June meeting that the Lough Rynn’s (Rinn) rowing development project will go ahead. The development will start proper in late 2012.
Several members of Leitrim county council (LLC) namely Cllr Mulligan and Stenson have lauded the project as “a badly needed development” and “a large important infrastructure”. The county manager Jackie Maguire has hailed the future project as “important development for the area”.
I, along with other readers, would support initiatives that will enhance sporting facilities, job creation and community well-being within the environs of County Leitrim. However, when I read about the development plans, I felt ‘ghosts were returning to haunt’. The Lough Rynn area and indeed Co. Leitrim as a whole has been the subject to some environmental disasters in recent years, namely the failed golf course and a largely unoccupied gated community on the shores of Lough Errew.
Present day plans to develop a 2,000 metre stretch of the 3,000 metre lake gives cause for concern for nesting and feeding birdlife. The future plans to build a walkway around the entire lake gives even greater concerns for the pristine wet alder forest and wetland surrounding the lake. Without reassurance, it nods back to the historical destruction of Lough Errew’s wetland habitat by 50% back in 2002.
I am sure that most people of Leitrim and beyond care deeply about their environment. I wrote and submitted a piece of writing to the Observer called ‘Leitrim’s secret garden’ back in November 2010. It was homage to the environmental beauty of the area. It made reference to a rich and varied wildlife.
I had a local Mohill teacher contact me after the article was published. She stated that it inspired her to take her young pupils to Lough Rynn to learn about the natural history of the area. This gives hope that future generations will appreciate our natural resources.
I am sure that the councillor members of LCC have the interest of the community at the forefront of their decision-making. I urge them to consider publishing an environmental impact assessment and their developmental plans either on their website or in your newspaper.
This transparency will reassure all that the Lough Rynn development will benefit the entire community.
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