Objection to the N4 Carrick/Dromod Dark Green and Purple Route Proposals

The community’s of Keenaghan, Lisduff, Castlecara, Dromore, Cloonsheerevagh, Cloonsheebane and Hartley are horrified to hear that our quiet residential areas are being considered for such a proposal and the devastating impact on the environment and the quality of life of residents in this area. The residents of the above mentioned areas have lived happily in the area and are now shocked at this proposal. These proposed routes will have a huge impact on nature, the environment and the physical and mental health of the residents in the peaceful setting.
 
Some of the concerns we have in relation to both the Green or Purple route advancing any further in the process are detailed below;
 
Significant Increase in air pollution.
Significant increase in noise pollution.
Introducing light pollution and impact on the night sky in the area.
Visual impact upon the landscape.
Diminished quality of life for residents.

The area also is a school route.
Increased health-related issues and negative impact on mental health and wellbeing.
Increased risk of crime as a result of less privacy.

Detrimental impact to the environment.
Part of this route is a Wildlife Heritage Area with sightings of the Curlew and Warble in recent months. There are 8 Curlews being monitored in the Hartley Bridge area by the Leitrim Curlew Project.
There are regular sightings of Red Squirrel, Barn Owls and Bats in the area.
The area is a busy walking route and Irish Waterways have published a ten year Masterplan for the Shannon which includes a Blueway and Greenway. There are numerous wells, archaeological sites and an old school buildings on this route.