The metal bridges constructed to cross the stream at the Newtown Woods in Tramore could possibly be used to open an access point from Kilbarry/Ballybeg to the Waterford Nature Park, claims Úna Dunphy, of Waterford People Before Profit.
Following the decision by Councillors at this week’s Metropolitan Council meeting that the newly constructed bridges were unsuitable for use at the Newtown Woods, Úna Dunphy said “residents have been asking our members in the Kilbarry/Ballybeg area about an access point to the Eco Park ever since the Covid restrictions arose. They are seeking an opening from their area. ‘It would allow us get out and about amongst the fresh air and nature’ they said, ‘and would be especially good for our children, and for young people as well as senior citizens in these trying times’”
People Before Profit have made public calls on Council Officials over the past year and, “we were informed last year that engineers were examining the situation regarding an access point” said Ms.Dunphy. In earlier statements PBP explained that when the park was being devised and planned it included an access point from the Kilbarry side.
Concluding, Dunphy said “There is a sizeable population of families with young children, and older citizens in this area who deserve to be able to avail of this wonderful amenity and facility on their doorstep, and using these foot bridges would perhaps allow the creation of a relatively quick access point during the normal opening times of the park, ahead of the summer”