SAVE NEWGRANGE PETITION
THIS PETITION, launched on 27 January, 2010, is addressed to:
1. UNESCO - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
2. The Minister for the Environment, of Ireland, John Gormley
3. Meath County Manager, Tom Dowling
WE THE UNDERSIGNED,
ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED for the protection of the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne World Heritage Site,
AND CALL ON YOU TO ACT, according to your legal and moral duties, respectively and co-operatively,
TO ADDRESS THE POTENTIAL THREAT posed by the preferred route of the Slane
bypass, which will pass within 500 metres of the World Heritage Site, as well as 44, many of which will be demolished,
IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- We ask UNESCO to
(a) Place Bru na Boinne on the List of World Heritage in Danger, so that the project can be properly assessed before going ahead.
(b) Consider whether the boundary of the World Heritage Site should be expanded to incorporate the 44 newly discovered sites along the preferred route, if they prove to be part of the archaeological ensemble.
2. MINISTER GORMLEY
- We ask John Gormley to:
(a) Publish the entire file on this matter, including correspondence with UNESCO and the archaeological testing results and reports for all of the route options examined before reaching the preferred route.
(b) Publish the heads of legislation of the new National Monuments Bill 2010, which have already been circulated within Government Departments, and to accelerate delivery of the Bill to the Environment Committee for debate.
(C) Halt all work on this project until you have received the go-ahead from UNESCO
3 COUNTY MANAGER DOWLING
- We ask Meath County Manager, Tom Dowling, to:
(a) Implement the HGV ban immediately, which was voted for by Meath County
Councillors last year. Even if the bypass project goes ahead as planned, it will be years before it is open. We feel it is critical that the ban is put in place now, so as to calm both the traffic and the interested parties.
(b) Halt the CPO process, until the public consultation has ended. We feel that it is in breach of EU law for the County Council to begin purchasing land before planning
permission is granted, and the public have had their say.
[PLEASE NOTE this is the first draft, and while it will be modified slightly to
add facts and improve style, but the basic demands will remain the