Donegal residents living in Muff are to get a new greenway linking it with Derry City.
Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee has approved the plans to develop a cycling and walking route linking the Inishowen town to the city.
The proposed development will see an 8.5km route constructed, beginning on the quay trail at Penny Burn, connecting to Canning’s Lane, Muff via the Culmore, Culmore Point and Coney Road.
Once developed, the greenway will connect to the proposed Muff greenway, which Donegal County Council issued the works tender for on 31 March.
Funding has been provided by INTERREG VA, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match-funding from the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department for Transport in Ireland.
The route is part of 46.5kms being developed by Donegal County Council in conjunction with the lead partner, Derry City & Strabane District Council.
Welcoming the planning approval which will see the route link Muff to Derry, the Communications Officer for the North West Greenway Network, Rónán Gallagher, said “This project has been developed over four years and it is fantastic that planning has been approved. We are also confident that works scheduled for Muff will begin this summer. The infrastructure will be a fantastic addition to the village.”
With work on the Lifford-Strabane section nearing completion and the planning application for the Bridgend to Buncrana section of the Buncrana-Derry greenway due to be lodged later this year, Donegal County Council in conjunction with Derry City & Strabane District Council is taking a significant step to improving cross-border infrastructure that will encourage modal shift and active travel in the county.
Details on the North West Greenway Network: www.nwgreenway.com