An irate local resident has accused the ESB of “annexing another much valued amenity” following the erection an six foot fence on the Cliff Road on the border between Donegal and Fermanagh.
The resident added that it “could not have happened at a worse point on the road from a safety point of view” and further claimed that Ballyshannon could lose a good part of its heritage if the current policy of fencing off areas persists.
The fence has blocked off five car parking spaces at the border that was a popular starting off point for walkers and tourists.
“This fence at Cliff Road will be turning people off walking in the area and it will probably only be a matter of time before we are looking at accidents occurring on that stretch of road which is located on a blind corner.
“The new fencing is blocking off an old road known locally as the Dark Avenue. Walkers and fishermen have used this pass even before the ESB station was built and it is part of our local heritage.
“Instead of protecting our heritage and tourism the ESB thinking is working against the local tourist infrastructure and we may find ourselves wondering in ten years time why have we lost the angling tourist from the lake. “Now is the time for local people to act. Ballyshannon will have lost another huge part of it heritage if this is not resolved. “