Work on pathway to Great Arch to commence this month 

WORK to improve access to one of Donegal’s most impressive sights, the Great Pollet Arch near Fanad, will commence at the end of this month.
Donegal County Council is to construct a 500 metre footpath to the iconic site, the largest sea arch in Ireland.
The arch has been at the heart of a row since 2017 when a private landowner placed concrete blocks at a turnstile to prevent the public getting access to it.
Following the move the Great Arch Action Committee was set up. They argued that the right of way had existed for centuries and that shutting off public access would damage the area’s tourism industry.
The Committee took their case to An Bord Pleanála and the national planning authority ruled in 2019 that the concrete blocks and no trespass signs were put in place without planning permission.
Following the ruling Donegal County Council moved to begin developing the famous landmark.
Cllr Liam Blaney requested an update on plans for a pathway at this month’s Letterkenny Municipal District meeting.
He was told by a Council official: “It is hoped that construction on the Great Arch project in Pollaid, Fanad can commence before the end of November. This being the case, it is anticipated that works on the project would be complete by mid April 2022 to coincide with the Easter period.”
Last month it was announced that the Fanad Arch project was to receive €20,000 in funding to develop a small car park area under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

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