Cllr Wayne Harding has welcomed a progress report he received on the proposed Boyne Greenway. Extensive research has been carried out in relation to future flooding of the river and it is expected that an emerging preferred route option will be announced in the last quarter of this year.

This will then allow the authorities to move to public consultation in relation to final design

Hardng told Meath Live,  “This is good news as the tourism potential of the Boyne Greenway is absolutely huge. The Boyne river meanders through a valley that is incredibly rich in all aspects of Irish history including a world heritage site that is older than the pyramids.

“To connect Bettystown Beach to Drogheda, Slane, Navan and Trim by foot, bikes and boats is an absolute no brainer at a time when we are looking for ways to combat the devastating ravages of climate change.

“It is now 6 years since I led a delegation from Meath to meet the Waterford chief executive to explore how the Dungarvan to Waterford Greenway was delivered. A huge amount of work has been put in since then and I feel the economic benefits in Waterford can be mirrored in the Boyne Valley, while people enjoy themselves in an environmentally friendly way”.