The community of Foxford is not looking for a bypass of the town at this time. That’s the view of local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise.
The councillor outlined why at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.
He stated quite clearly that he and the community are not against a bypass of Foxford town but he says the new scheme that was submitted by council officials to Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) last month came completely out of the blue and does not take into account the recommendation of An Bord Pleanala when it controversially refused planning for the Mount Falcon to Foxford dual carriageway over a decade ago.
At that time, An Bord Pleanala was quite clear that it would only allow one crossing of the river Moy, an SAC area, in any future plans to complete the N26, Ballina to Foxford and through to Swinford route, and the linking of the N26 along the N58, Foxford to Ballyvary road onto the new N5 dual carriageway.
The councillor spoke to Midwest News Editor TeresaO’Malley about the present opposition to the new scheme proposed to bypass Foxford town and historically why..