Limerick Minister and local TD, Patrick O’Donovan has welcomed the news that the public consultation on the options for the N21 Newcastle West Road Scheme and the N21 Abbeyfeale Road Scheme has commenced.
As the local Minister I sought to have these projects included in the National Development Plan, Project Ireland 2040 and I am delighted to see these scheme going for public consultation now. I am calling on the public to engage with the process and to make themselves aware of the options that are being proposed for the two schemes. Covid-19 has changed how these schemes are being presented to the public. It is not possible to hold the familiar public meetings for these projects, but Limerick City and County Council has created an online public consultation platform on the project websites, n21newcastlewest.ie and n21abbeyfeale.ie.
A number of road-based options, including bypass options, have now been shortlisted after the completion of the first phase of an appraisal process based on engineering, environmental and economic criteria.
“Members of the public can book online or telephone consultation meetings with the project team using an online booking facility. For those that cannot access the online information that can contact my constituency office and we will post them a brochure outlining the project details for each.”
The closing date for this part of the public consultation is Friday 26 February 2021, but it will form part of a further public consultation which is expected to take place in autumn 2021.