Knather fencing still raising hackles

Knather fencing still raising hackles
A local residents association has renewed its protests against new fencing that the ESB is erecting in Ballyshannon.

A local residents association has renewed its protests against new fencing that the ESB is erecting in Ballyshannon.

The ESB is replacing old fencing between the Knather road and Assaroe Lake.

Seamus Langan, a member of the Knather and Surrounding Areas Residents Assocation (Kasra) committee, outlines the group’s concerns. “We believe this affects tourism in Ballyshannon. In this day and age, when we find that towns like Ballyshannon are struggling in relation to industry, the only thing that I and the rest of the residents committee believe is left for Ballyshannon is to explore avenues in relation to tourism.

“The Knather is a scenic area of high beauty and offers a lot to the town of Ballyshannon. It’s used regularly by walkers and cyclists, and we feel that the area should be preserved in as near a natural state as can be.”

The members of Kasra, he says, feel that the choice of fencing style is inappropriate.

“The style of fencing that the ESB have chosen is totally out of character. When you drive out the road or walk out the road, you’d think you were entering an industrial estate rather than a scenic area of the countryside.”

He says there were never any safety incidents during the 60 years that the old fencing was in place.

Ballyshannon Town Mayor, Cllr. John Meehan stated that the council have met with both Kasra and the ESB and are setting a meeting where both parties will be present.

The council, he added, are waiting on reports from council planning and environmental officials.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat and Donegal People’s Press.