Anger as funding to rebuild county Wicklow coastal walk is rejected
An application for funding of €115,000 to reinstate the Coastal Walk at North Beach in Arklow has been rejected.
The application for funding was made under the Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure scheme to the Department of Rural and Community Development after the popular walk was destroyed during Storm Ophelia in 2017.
Wicklow TD John Brady expressed his disappointment at the decision, saying: “I’m both angry and disappointed that Arklow has again been forgotten by this outgoing government. The application was made to the Minister of Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD under the Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure scheme. The coastal walk in Arklow has remained closed since it was destroyed during Storm Ophelia in 2017.”
The local Sinn Féin poll topper added: “Funding must be secured for the immediate reinstatement of the widely used amenity. We can’t have a situation where nothing is done with the coastal walk until the upgrade of the coastal protection scheme in Arklow happens. This could take a number of years and the people of Arklow can’t be left waiting for the reinstatement of the popular walk. I will continue to work on securing funding to have the work carried out, so it can be reopened as soon as possible.”