Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Helen McEntee says that a footpath is urgently required from the Old Heritage Centre to Headfort Bridge.
Deputy McEntee said ‘I am aware that this has been an ongoing issue for many years.
‘Since my election I have been inundated with Representations from concerned Residents, that a footpath is an urgent requirement for this area.
‘Meath County Council have committed to providing a section of footpath for a small part of the road that they have identified as being a safety hazard to pedestrians. This work will be undertaken once the appropriate funding is made available.
‘While this work is welcome really it is only a fraction of what is needed. I am calling on Meath County Council to provide a proper footpath for the entire section of road which is approximately one kilometer long.
‘This stretch of road is a hugely popular area for people to use for recreational walking, young mothers with buggies are always to be seen walking on this stretch of road.
‘Also, it is disappointing when Tourists visit Kells that we don’t have a proper footpath to use for access to Headfort school, which is a main attraction to see.
‘Kells is a designated Heritage Town and each year the number of Tourists visiting grows and grows. This year it is anticipated to be a bumper year for tourism as the Ancient East initiative again highlights the Boyne Valley region as a must see destination.
‘At this stage the only way forward is for a full commitment that this footpath will be provided. This will be a huge boost to the town of Kells from a Tourism perspective and also allow people to walk safely out as far as Headfort School to enjoy some of the most picturesque views of County Meath.