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Save our unique ‘Country Road, A Tree’ Kinarla.

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Save our unique ‘Country Road, A Tree’ Derrygonnelly road at the proposed development site. 

A Country Road, A Tree

Kinarla resident’s group wishes to draw the attention of any Beckett enthusiasts or decision makers who can influence, to refuse to the planning proposal of 87 houses on a unique and predominantly greenfield site at the absolute edge of the town limits of Enniskillen. Located in close proximity to the famous Portora Royal School site where many famous pupils attended (Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde to name but a few).

Please help save one of our few and significant spaces left ‘A Country Road, A Tree’, Kinarla Lough and surrounding beauty from the threat of the proposed new development. This ‘Country road, A Tree’ with a backdrop of arable land, is a beautiful hidden gem of great historical and cultural interest.  It is a conservation area of undisturbed protected wildlife with magnificent views and they too, are part of the inheritance and legacy of the next generation.

 ‘A Country Road, A Tree’ by Joe Baker is a novel based on Samuel Beckett’s writings. Gerard Byrne, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists and photographer figuratively locates a tree on this country Derrygonnelly road as the photographic setting for the play ‘Waiting for Godot’.  Reference:

 Heritage! There is also a lime kiln clearly present on this site and at one time a thriving business, it was built, worked and quarried by the Johnston family of lime burners. We should celebrate and respect this industrial heritage and the importance of lime kilns in Ireland. Geo tourism is now an emerging market. Listed archaeological site - Kinarla, Burnt mound, grid ref:H2123 4553

 Traffic congestion! This new proposed development with approximately 2 cars per household and Enniskillen Royal Grammar School’s new permanent location which apparently is to be situated at the former Portora site will have a major impact on the infrastructure of the already heavy flow of traffic coming from both the Derrygonnelly and Shore road (which has already claimed unnecessary lives). Sitting in traffic jams, stuck in school runs, trying to get to work is already a challenge, adding more vehicles travelling into Enniskillen in this area without any planning or investment in adapting our roads to meet this additional pressure is not acceptable.

Air pollution! 87 new homes bringing additional cars impact on the quality of our air. Fermanagh doesn't have an air quality assessment so we have no way of knowing if our air is already of a good standard. Vehicle emissions, machinery, heavy duty work vehicles all contribute to the reduction of air quality, we don't know what impact this may have on our health, on our children's health, on our elderly and vulnerable.

  Water pollution! Seepage from oil and builders waste, the excavation and disturbance of the land that includes an historical gravel pit, will make its way into the earth & waterways below into the Lough which is linked to the wider Lough Erne. Polluting Kinarla Lough is polluting Lough Erne.  Fermanagh is proud of our beautiful waterways, we cannot allow developers to continually disregard its importance placing their own greed for profit over the wider impact on our beautiful Fermanagh countryside.

Destruction of our wildlife! Kinarla Lough and its surrounding areas are home to a number of different animals and bird-life. Nesting swans, herons, bat-roosts, red-squirrels, badgers, pine-martens are all native to this area and are seen daily. Neglect of Kinarla Lough has already seen a reduction in the numbers of swans in the area, further development around this area can only decrease their numbers further and destroy the natural habitat of all these wildlife.

Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see towns lost to unnecessary density and layout of the proposed site.What a shame it would be if that famous country road no longer existed. 

Oscar Wilde another iconic old Portoran wrote very astutely – “People know the price of everything and the value of nothing”.

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Yours sincerely

Kinarla Lough Action Group

November 2017



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