Greenway will cause ‘irreversible damage’ to local biodiversity – Ballyduff GCG

"This is what the so-called 'disused' railway track looks like in the majority of cases. The area where locals Philip Heskin and Seamus Daly stand, is where the track once was, 60 years ago. It is now productive tillage farmland. The foundation of the proposal is simply not true - there is no 'disused' track," Ballyduff GCG say.

The Ballyduff Greenway Concerns Group (GCG) have alleged that the current Mallow to Dungarvan Greenway proposal is ‘inconsistent’ with the EU and Irish Government Policy and Statutory Instruments.

Citing the EU Soil Strategy for 2030, which sets out a framework and concrete measures to protect and restore soils, and ensure that they are used sustainably, in addition to the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the EU Habitats Directive, and the Citizens Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss as published in March this year, the local group have informed The Avondhu of further concerns in relation to the project.

According to the recent Citizens’ Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss, only 2% of native woodland exists in Ireland which Ballyduff GCG claim the proposed path of the greenway will impact on, alleging that it will fell native woodland to make way for open space.

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