N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme Third Public Consultation

N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme

Third Public Consultation on ‘Emerging Preferred Route Corridor’ is launched

An Emerging Preferred Route Corridor has been published for the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme, and we are seeking feedback from the public through a third period of non-statotory public consultation.

The Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney scheme is Route Corridor Option A, also known as the Yellow Route Corridor. This option was one of the six Route Corridor Options presented at Public Consultation 2 (Route Corridor Options) in November 2019. The corridor predominately follows the existing N2 route for the entirety of its length.

The Emerging Preferred Route Corridor is typically 400m wide. The 400m corridor does not represent the actual width of the road scheme or the lands to be acquired – the corridor indicates the lands within which the N2 road scheme could be developed. The exact details of the land take, earthworks, junction and side road design and property impacts will be developed during the next Phase of the planning and design process.

Following completion of Public Consultation 2 and through the Option Selection Process, it was identified that a localised widening of the Option A (Yellow) in the Townlands of Cookstown and Charlestown (Directly North-East of Cookstown Cross) was required. The area is approximately 1km in length and is approximately 140m at its widest point, and the widening is required to mitigate potential impact to Cultural Heritage Sites at Cookstown Cross. This widening was not previously included in the Route Corridor Options presented through Public Consultation 2.

A Public Consultation process is now underway and Monaghan County Council is inviting feedback on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor.

Registered landowners who have land within the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor are to receive an information pack in relation to the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor by post on or after the 25th August 2020. The information pack will include drawings and maps of the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor, information on the Option Selection process to date and details of this third public consultation process. Landowners who do not receive an information pack by post should contact the project phoneline to request a pack.

A leaflet is to be delivered to properties within the Route Corridor Options on or after the 25th August 2020 advising that the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor has been identified and that the public consultation process has commenced.

Due to the threat COVID-19 poses to human health, it is not planned to hold large scale public events as part of the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor public consultation process. In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, an online public consultation experience has been developed on the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie. This online public consultation experience will allow stakeholders and the general public to view maps, project information and express their opinion in a safe and accessible environment.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone, and notwithstanding the restrictions COVID-19 presents, the project team is keen to engage with people through this public consultation. A range of options are available to speak directly with and meet members of the Project Team during the public consultation period, including:

  • During the first 3 weeks of the public consultation period, 25th August – 11th September, members of the public can arrange meetings with a member of the Project Team by phone or using digital technologies.
  • During the second 3 weeks of the planned consultation period, 14th September – 2nd October, in-person meetings will be available by appointment at venues in Monaghan Town and Carrickmacross. These in-person meetings will allow for social distancing and will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions to safeguard the health of the public and staff.
  • Information is available through the project phoneline, where members of the team will be available to give an overview of the project and answer general questions.
  • Email queries will be accepted throughout the public consultation period.

Anyone affected by the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor or with an interest in the scheme is encouraged to make an appointment to speak with or meet the Project Team. Please contact them on 087 340 3786, email ArdeeCastleblayney@N2MonaghanLouth.ie, or book online via the project website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie.

The third non-statutory consultation will be held between 25th August and 5th October 2020. Submissions can be made electronically or by FREEPOST up until 5th October 2020.

FREEPOST N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme,

Monaghan County Council, County Offices,

The Glen,

Monaghan,

H18 YT50

Following the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor public consultation, feedback and submissions will be considered by the N2 Project Team, any necessary amendments to the corridor will be made and the Preferred Route Corridor will then be finalised and published. At this stage the ‘Option Selection Report’, which includes all information relating to the assessment of the Route Corridor Options and the selection of the Preferred Route Corridor will be published. Stakeholders and the general public will be kept informed as part of Monaghan and Louth County Council’s commitment to ongoing and considered stakeholder engagement. Updates, news and details will be posted on the website www.N2MonaghanLouth.ie and through local media.

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