Courtown concerns as ‘Land Swap’ vote looms

By Dan Walsh

There are concerns in Courtown Harbour and environs that a vote on the Car Park Transfer, known locally as “the Land Swap”, is on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of Gorey and Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council scheduled for Blackwater Community Centre.

In a statement on social media over the weekend, Courtown Community Council confirmed; “We have just learned that a Section 183 Transfer of lands at Ballinatray, Courtown appears on the agenda for next week’s Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Meeting. This meeting is scheduled to take place at Blackwater Community Hall.

The ‘Land Swap’ ptotest outside of Gorey Civic Centre last February (File pic.

“Following the success of the Smart Village Survey at the Ashdown Park Hotel in March, a new initiative called the Courtown Regeneration Partnership (CRP) was established to develop a cohesive 5- 10-year Development Plan in alignment with Local Area Plans, Local Heritage & Tourism Strategies, Sustainability and Environmental Protection requirements.

“The CRP held its very successful inaugural meeting last Monday attended by a cross section of business and community stakeholders including Cllrs Fionntán Ó Súilleabhain, Diarmuid Devereux, Andrew Bolger, Joe Sullivan and Senator Malcolm Byrne.

The statement says; “This latest information now raises grave concerns as Courtown Community Council asks again for any decision to be delayed until full consultation with the public takes place. This is to ensure the best possible outcome for both the residents who live here and the people who come to visit.”

Courtown Community Council is urging those with concerns or comments to lobby their Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District representatives without delay!

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