The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group has applied for consent to carry out maintenance work on Croagh Patrick. The work would include a stone-pitched path and the habitat restoration of eroded areas.
The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group was formed in November 2015 as a community response to concerns over the condition of the mountain. Safety was also a concern, as was the liability of shareholders and landowners, as well as the impact of growing numbers of recreational users on the natural environment, habitats and ecosystems of the area.
Last year, the group engaged with Scottish expert Matt McConway of Upland Access Ltd, who tested the feasibility of a pathway made from materials on the mountainside. The trial was deemed a success and opened the way for a proposed path solution to combat erosion on the holy mountain.
Chaired by Martin Keating, Mayo County Council’s Head of Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture, the group this week applied for Planning Consent to carry out work on the mountain.
The nature and extent of the proposed development includes sustainable access works to include aggregate and stone-pitched paths, path drainage consisting of culverts, cross drains and water bars, fencing for managing access during construction work and habitat restoration of eroded areas.
Commenting on the planning application, Mr Keating said he was ‘delighted that this important milestone has been achieved’ . He said the proposed works for Croagh Patrick have been developed with the ‘best upland path expertise available’, and he encouraged people to take the time to examine the works.
“[This is] an excellent opportunity to build support for a solution to provide sustainable access for the mountain, restore the heavily eroded areas and put in place appropriate arrangements for its future care,” he said.
Keating also thanked all the stakeholders, and the mountain shareholders in particular for their co-operation and contribution to developing this solution for Croagh Patrick.
The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group is comprised of a broad spectrum of interested parties, including mountain shareholders, the Catholic Church, Murrisk community, Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, Mountaineering Ireland, Mayo Mountain Rescue, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Society and the tourism and adventure sectors.
Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection during normal office hours at Westport Civic Offices; the Planning Office at Áras an Chontae, Castlebar, and Murrisk Development Association premises from Tuesday, July 23, to Tuesday, August 20.
Submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made in writing to John McMyler, Senior Planner, Mayo County Council, Áras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submissions can also be made online or on the website survey portal www.mayococo.ie/planning, not later than 5pm on Friday, September 6.