RECREATIONAL users will be permitted to use the grounds of the Gartan Estate despite plans to erect a new access-control fence at the popular amenity.
The Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) have confirmed that the new fence to be erected at the Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre (OETC) will not impact on walkers, joggers and cyclists who use the facility on a regular basis.
An online petition had been launched, gaining over 500 signatories in just a couple of days.
However, the ETB have addressed the concerns and say that the erection of the new fence is in response to safety concerns.
“Over the past period the Gartan Estate has seen a significant increase in the number of people accessing the grounds for recreational purposes,” the ETB said in a statement.
“Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) welcomes the use of the grounds for recreational purposes and has long-term plans to enhance the recreational amenities on the Estate.
“The increased number of recreational users has resulted in health and safety concerns and has placed significant demand on the resources at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre (OETC).
“In order to ensure a separation between recreational users and course participants on the Gartan Estate, Donegal ETB has applied for planning permission to erect a fence and gates around the buildings, equipment stores and slipways that are used by course participants of Gartan OETC.
“The proposed fence and gates will ensure that recreational users continue to have access through the grounds while protecting Gartan OETC course participants and facilities.
“This additional security feature will address the health and safety concerns and complement the recreational experience of the outdoors for both recreational users and course participants. It will also enhance child protection measures within the estate grounds.”Tags: