News that safe access will at last be provided for pedestrians and emergency services at Tullan Strand in Bundoran received a cautious welcome.
Councillors were told about the progress in a report at the March meeting of the Municipal District (MD) of Donegal.
This issue has been raised numerous times by the councillors. Deputations from local surf schools had also stressed the urgency of the problem for the safety of beach users and for the local economy. The surf schools had come together on several occasions to repair damage to the beach access. But they said a permanent solution was needed for safety reasons and to avoid losing customers to other surf resorts.
A number of challenges cited in the past included the geography of the area, the proximity of Finner Camp, and the severity of potential damage during storms.
Councillors were told at the recent meeting that a series of meetings had been held with all stakeholders. They include landowners, residents, surf schools and adjoining landowners.
A firm of consulting engineers was engaged to assess all available options for the provision of a safe access to Tullan Strand. Councillors were given a plan of the preferred options. The stakeholders had also been shown this plan.
However, the safe access is not likely to be in place any time soon. The next stage involves procuring a consultant to carry out detailed design, planning, procurement of a contractor and management of construction of the access and all other works.
Cllr Barry O’Neill (FG) said: “It is good news but it needs a time plan. It clearly won’t be in place this season. We need a timeframe that will ensure that the work is carried out by the start of next season.”
Cllr Noel Jordan (SF) agreed, saying: “I welcome it with caution but we need a timeframe.”
He said the only question the Tullan Strand beach users had was ‘When is it going to start?’
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