Delay to Clonbeg Bridge Works.

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Works on Clonbeg Bridge in Aherlow have hit a set-back due to the need for a ‘Natura Impact Statement’ and an application to An Bord Pleanála.

Deputy Mattie McGrath has been informed that the engineering firm tasked with providing the design of the replacement bridge must provide the impact statement before the project can proceed, as well as an application to An Bord Pleanála.

It had been hoped that work on the €235,000 replacement project could have begun this month.

But Deputy McGrath has said that as it takes around six months for An Bord Pleanála to provide a decision on applications, it is likely to be 2020 before the Clonbeg Bridge works are even started.