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An Bord Pleanala backs committee over Great Arch access

AN Bord Pleanala has upheld an appeal by a local protest group against blocking off one of the county’s key tourist attractions, The Great Arch near Fanad.

Speaking after learning of the national planning board’s decision this afternoon, a spokesperson for the Great Arch Action Committee said they were delighted that Donegal County Council’s decision to place heavy duty concrete blocks and barbed wire on the path to the arch has been overturned.

The Committee, entirely comprised of local people, said, “We always felt that the attitude of the Council was ridiculous and entirely heedless of the effect of this closure on the local community. The people of Fanad have suffered the loss of a much-cherished amenity and local tourism had been hit by the exclusion of visitors from the enjoyment of the walk out to the stunning rock arch, a natural marvel much frequented since before Victorian times.”

See Thursday’s Donegal News for more on this story

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