As you may be aware consultation is currently underway for the Athlone to Galway Cycleway and is open for submissions. It is imperative that as the local community we actively show our support for this project, as the route is not yet determined and every location between Athlone and Galway will be advocating for the greenway to pass their doors!
Below is a sample submission below and I’d ask you to copy and paste and insert your own details ( also please feel free to add amend any details you feel relevant) and email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. For full details see www.galwaytoathlonecycleway.com Deadline is the 7th September. ( Note all text in bold must be amended to your own personal information/details. )
Also if you haven’t already done so, please sign & share the uplift campaign https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/ballinasloe-must-be-on-the-athlone-galway-greenway-route
See here a sample (just change parts in bold)
To: Galway – Athlone Cycle Way Project Team
I JOHN SMITH , SHOP OWNER, and resident of CREAGH BALLINASLOE wish to fully pledge my support of the Galway to Athlone Cycle Way.
I fully support the project, any proposed route for this project must go through Ballinasloe , the town has so much to offer and to enhance the greenway for the end user as briefly outlined below.
What Ballinasloe as a destination has to offer the Cycleway
Ballinasloe is easily accessible, as it occupies a strategic location adjacent to the M6 motorway and is serviced by railway linking Dublin and Galway with daily public transport services to Galway, Athlone and Dublin along with a rural transport Local Link service.
Ballinasloe boasts 3 hotels , B&B’s & Short term rental for visitors to offer overnight stays, with multiple restaurants, coffee shops playgrounds,pubs, music venues , convenience shops, medical/recreational services, hairdressers/barbers, and discount stores including large multinational stores. The town also has a wealth of sporting facilities including a leisure centre , Golf Course, running track, horse riding & Gaa stadium. The town provides higher order important services such as Portiuncula Hospital, one of the largest general and maternity hospitals within the country.
As one of the larger hubs located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Ballinasloe is the only town that can offer visitors direct access to a national walking route, the Shannon Navigation system & a national cycle way. Location on the Beara Breifne Way, access to the Shannon navigation system via the River Suck with the 25 berth public marina, along with access to the Dublin- Galway greenway will provide Ballinasloe with a Unique Selling point. Ballinasloe is the only point along the route that can offer this to users of the greenway
Other Distinct natural amenities Ballinasloe has to offer include angling on the River Suck, Walkways and trails through unique boglands, Garbally College & Grounds , rich heritage & ecclesiastical trails
Ballinasloe has suffered massively with Job losses over the past 20-25 years, with the loss of major employers including At Cross, Square D & the mental health hospital. Over the past number of months further hits have been taken with the imminent loss of Aptar & the phasing out of the peat extraction and peat-based energy generation in the area. The provision of Greenway through the town, will revitalise the area by generating footfall and creating spin off enterprises but most importantly it will allow the underutilised facilities and resources in the town be expanded and grown.
Support of the local community groups/community members/Businesses
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