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Part 8 Greenway – Kilbeggan Branch of Grand Canal

Part 8 (Reference No. 120) Proposed Greenway

Part 8 (Reference No. 120) Proposed Greenway (Cycleway and Walkway) along the Former Kilbeggan Branch of the Grand Canal between Kilbeggan Harbour and the County Boundary with Co. Offaly.

Proposed provision of a shared walking and cycling greenway route (1.8 metres to 3 metres in width) along the towpath of the former Kilbeggan branch of the Grand Canal for a distance of 5.6km. The route of the proposed shared greenway is from Kilbeggan Harbour on the northern end to the County Boundary with Co. Offaly at the Silver River aqueduct on the southern end. 

The route tracks the southern and western towpath from the Kilbeggan Harbour Buildings until Grange Bridge, where it crosses to the eastern towpath, from Grange Bridge to the County Boundary.

It is intended that the proposal will form part of an overall strategic link between the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal, with a joined-up approach to the overall delivery of this strategic link being undertaken by Westmeath County Council, Offaly County Council and Waterways Ireland.

The proposed development, which is the subject of this Part 8, will include the following:

1. Improvements to the existing towpath through the provision of a suitable surface (i.e. Surface Dressing, Quarry Dust).

2. Provision of traffic safety measures and signage to facilitate safe pedestrian and cycling crossings at junctions with public roads.

3. Provision of access controls (pedestrian/cycling friendly gates/bollards) facilitating the proposed cycle/walk way, where required.

4. Ancillary Works.

The proposed development is located adjacent to nine number Protected Structures, namely, Silver River Aqueduct (RPS 040-002 refers), Lowertown Bridge (RPS 040-001 refers), Grange Bridge (RPS 038-069 refers), Skeahanagh Bridge (RPS 038-075 refers), Outbuilding Skeahanagh (RPS 038-077 refers), Thatched House Skeahanagh (RPS 038-076 refers), Former Harbour Masters House Kilbeggan (RPS 038-074 refers), Detached fifteen-bay two-storey former canal warehouses and stores, (RPS 038-071refers), Kilbeggan Branch Grand Canal Harbour and dock complex (RPS 038-072 refers). 

The proposed scheme has undergone Appropriate Assessment Screening under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and screening for Environmental Impact Assessment under the EIA Directive2014/52/EU. It has been determined, following a preliminary examination, that there will be no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment, arising from the proposed development, and therefore an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether theproposed development would be likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

Plans and Particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection, or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the following locations:

• Online on the Council’s website here

• Westmeath County Council Offices, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar during office hours each day, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, from Tuesday 7th May 2019 up to and including Tuesday 18th June 2019.


Written submissions or observations in relation to the proposed development should be made via email to kilbeggangreenway@westmeathcoco.ie and titled “Proposed Kilbeggan Greenway”, from Tuesday 7th May 2019 to Tuesday 18th June 2019 inclusive.

Written submissions or observations in relation to the proposed development, clearly marked “Proposed Kilbeggan Greenway”, may also be submitted to District Manager, Mullingar Municipal District Office, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar to arrive not later than 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Only submissions received by Tuesday 18th June 2019 and addressed as set out above, will be considered. Submissions cannot be accepted in any other format or to any other postal address.

All submissions should include your name and a contact address, and where relevant, details of any organisation, community group or company etc., which you represent (you are asked not to share any other personal information).

To assist Westmeath County Council in complying with data protection legislation, you are asked to provide this information on a separate sheet. Written submissions or observations received will form part of a statutory report to be presented to a meeting of Westmeath County Council and also will form part of a public document. The information contained in submissions may be available for public inspection, to be published on the Councils website and available at the Council’s public counter. Details, including the names of those making submissions may be shared with relevant Council Departments or their agents involved in this Part 8 process.

Related Documents

Schedule of Documents

Newspaper Notice

Site Notice

Planning Statement

Map Grand Canal Kilbeggan Link

Plan 1 Grand Canal to Kilbeggan

Plan 2 Grand Canal to Kilbeggan


EIA Screening Report

AA Screening Report