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Concern as Inishowen roadworks are scheduled during tourism peak

Banba's Crown, Malin Head is a popular tourist destination.

Banba's Crown, Malin Head is a popular tourist destination.

 

Donegal County Council has said it will “consider all objections” in relation to roadworks at Malin, Malin Head and Glengad in the first weeks of August.

Residents in Malin Head and Glengad expressed concerns at the timing of the works, which will get underway during one of the busiest tourist fortnights of the year.

Donegal County Council published notice of the works last week.

The notice states that from Monday, 4th August until Friday, 8th August, the LP1081 from Malin town to Glengad will be closed.

The closure will be in effect from Radharc na Tra Breige, Drumcarbitt to Umgall Bridge, Balleeghan.

Diversion routes are via Malin town, Culdaff and Glengad.

Section two is the R242 at Malin Head, from Thursday, 7th August until Thursday, 14th August.

The road will be closed from the junction at Park House road, at Malin Head Chapel to the junction at Middletown road at the Crossroads Hotel.

Diversion routes are from Ballygorman to Bree Crossroads via Slievebane, passing from the Post Office and Sea View Tavern.

Residents had until last Friday, 4th July to lodge an objection.

Some residents raised concerns at the timing of the works, as roads to Malin town and Malin Head are to be closed at the peak of the tourist season.

In response, a spokesperson for Donegal County Council’s Roads and Transportation Department, said the roads are being closed to facilitate a contractor laying a macadem overlay.

They added: “ The Council will consider all objections and will look at alternative dates to facilitate local interests and the contractors commitments. The month of June was avoided to avoid disruption to Malin Head School and buses for Junior and Leaving Cert Students to Carndonagh.The contractor was already booked for other works in July and annual contractors holidays. The first half of August was the first available window for the works and works would be completed before the 15th August festive weekend.All objections will be considered and alternative dates looked at to facilitate local interests and the contractors commitments.

 
 
 

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