Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Fear Derry cycle routes will cut across battlefield

New cycle routes planned for Londonderry could cut cross an area as historically important as the Boyne, a conservationist has warned.

Mark Lusby from the Holywell Trust has called for a geological survey to be carried out at the battlefield grounds at Boom Hall and Gransha on the banks of the Foyle before any development is carried out.

His comments come after Derry City Council was granted £1.3m to develop 3km of its planned 105km network of cycle and pedestrian routes.

Himself a keen cyclist, Mr Lusby said all additional cycling network infrastructure was very welcome, as long as they were sensibly routed.

He said: “These routes will cut right across the internationally-important 17th century battlefield site. Connected with the War of the Three Kings, the site stands alongside Derry's Walls and the Boyne in terms of national historic importance.”

A Derry City Council spokeswoman confirmed the funding will not be used to develop these particular sites.

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