'Like winning the lottery' for bypass landowners

TO DATE over €35 million has been paid out to landowners affected by the proposed Enniscorthy and New Ross bypasses.

County Manager Eddie Breen informed last Tuesday's County Council meeting that ' good progress' on land acquisition is being maintained.

On the route of the N11 Clough to Oylegate 97 cases have been settled at a total cost of just over €24 million. On the N25 New Ross bypass 40 cases have now been settled at a cost of over €11 million.

'If you have a piece of land going for the Clough to Oylegate road it's as good as winning the lottery,' remarked Cllr. Robbie Ireton upon looking at the figures.

However, the County Manager explained that compensation is professionally assessed. ' The figures are real market figures,' he stated. Councillors were also informed that the local authority is half way through finishing of the land acquisitions and all the necessary land will be acquired by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, on the N11 Arklow Rathnew, including the Gorey Service Area, contracts have been delayed pending negotiations with the preferred bidder in this case.

'As a result the commencement date will be deferred for a few months,' added the County Manager.

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