Public Consultation: for sustainable access and habitat restoration work on Croagh Patrick

Posted in Connect on August 14, 2019.

The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group was formed in November, 2015 as a Community response to concerns over the condition of the mountain together with concerns around safety, liability of shareholders and landowners, the status of the Croagh Patrick as Ireland’s Holy Mountain  and the absence of structures to manage the impact of growing numbers of recreational users on the natural environment, habitats and ecosystems of the area.

The group has a broad representation of stakeholders including Mountain Shareholders, Church, Murrisk Community, Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, Mountaineering Ireland, Mayo Mountain Rescue, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Society and Tourism and Adventure Sectors. The Group is chaired by Mr. Martin Keating, Head of Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture, Mayo County Council.

The Croagh Patrick Stakeholder Group in partnership with Mayo County Council will hold a public consultation evening in Westport Town Hall Theatre from 4:30pm -7:30pm on Thursday 15th August 2019.

This drop-in event will have the plans on display to gain feedback for this part of the process. The application for Planning Consent has been made under Section 179 of the Planning and Development Acts, 2000 – 2018 and Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001- 2018 as amended for Sustainable Access and Habitat restoration at Croagh Patrick, Westport, Co. Mayo

Commenting, Mr. Martin Keating, Chairman of Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group, stated that he is delighted that this important milestone has been achieved. He encouraged people to take the time to examine the proposed works for Croagh Patrick which have been developed in partnership with the stakeholders and the best upland path expertise available. He further stated that is an excellent opportunity to build support for a solution to provide sustainable access for the mountain, restore the heavily eroded areas and put in place appropriate arrangements for its future care.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection during normal opening hours at the Westport Civic Offices, at Aras an Chontae, Planning Office, Castlebar and Murrisk Development Association Premises, Murrisk from 30th July 2019 to 10th September 2019.

Submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situate, may be made in writing to John McMyler, Senior Planner, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar not later than 5.00pm on 24th September, 2019.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will also available online where electronic submissions may be made not later than 5:00pm on 24th September 2019.

Mr.Keating, also thanked all the Stakeholders and in particular the mountain Shareholders for their co-operation and contribution to developing this solution for Croagh Patrick.

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