Councillors’ hands are tied on Carrick bypass route

ALTHOUGH Leitrim’s County Councillors can vote not to include the preferred Carrick bypass route in the County Development Plan, their hands are effectively tied and the bypass will go ahead on the preferred route or not at all.

ALTHOUGH Leitrim’s County Councillors can vote not to include the preferred Carrick bypass route in the County Development Plan, their hands are effectively tied and the bypass will go ahead on the preferred route or not at all.

ALTHOUGH Leitrim’s County Councillors can vote not to include the preferred Carrick bypass route in the County Development Plan, their hands are effectively tied and the bypass will go ahead on the preferred route or not at all.

Cllr Gerry Reynolds raised the matter at Monday’s Council meeting noting that a number of those directly impacted by the bypass were under the impression that the Council could force the National Road Authority’s (NRA) hand when it came to the bypass route. However it became clear at the meeting that local representatives would be left in a no-win situation if they voted against the inclusion of the preferred route in the County Development Plan.

County Manager, Jackie Maguire, said that the route was determined, to a certain extent, by the topography of the area and also what other roads it would connect to. She stressed that the NRA and the engineers had striven to minimise the impact of the new route, but admitted that some would be affected.