first_imgAn artist’s impression of a possible plan for the foot of Errigal.Donegal County Council officials will met today to discuss possible improvement works at the foot of Errigal.The meeting will take place between county councillor Micheal MacGiolla Easbuig and officials dealing with Community and Enterprise.Councillor MacGiolla Easbuig said he hopes the plans will include a larger car park and better facilities for tourists and climbers alike. “Such facilities would include tap water, benches, toilet facilities and a possible very small outlet selling tea and refreshments and also providing information of the area and climb itself.“Signage on our road networks across the county directing people to the climb of Mount Errigal would also be beneficial for the area. I would also like to see included in this plan of works at the site a boardwalk from the carpark across the bog to access the mountain easier which would prevent climbers getting wet or falling while on the bogland,” he said.He added he did not wish to see this as a large development.“I believe this would only take away from the raw beauty which people are drawn to the area for. As in the artists impression you see here the works should be kept to a minimum, only providing the essentials for what is needed. I believe such a project and improvements on the site would be of huge benefit to locals and tourists alike and would attract even more tourism to the region.” He willl also be requesting a meeting with Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaetacht Joe McHugh TD to discuss this plan and indeed tourism in the area in general.“Glenveagh National Park which is only a short distance from Mount Errigal is a huge attraction for tourists from the North West area and further afield. I think it would be hugely beneficial to make the most of this attraction and do what we can to bring those who would travel to Glenveagh to make the journey that bit further west in Donegal, both to Mount Errigal and beyond to enjoy our beautiful coastline.“While it is vital that we do what we can to make the most of the tourism potential of West Donegal I don’t believe it should be tourism at any cost. We should first and foremost look at doing the most we can but with the very least amount of impact on the scenery and environment which Donegal is world renowned for.“Improving upon our areas most vital resource of tourism potential, an industry which can benefit so much of our people across the board, is something I feel we have to look at very seriously to help recover the area. Such plans will lead to the creation of sustainable employment in the region of West Donegal and with such plans we will be looking after our whole community and not just the interests of a few,” he added.PLANS TO BE DISCUSSED FOR AMENITIES AT FOOT OF ERRIGAL was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalErrigalMICHEAL MACGIOLLA EASBUIGtouristslast_img read more

Wind warning out for revelers heading home

first_imgAs Southlanders head home today from Thanksgiving weekend trips, they’d better watch out for high winds along Southern California highways. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through noon today, warning that gusts could top 60 mph and remain above 30 mph through the afternoon. The strongest winds were expected in passes and canyons running north and south, such as the routes of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine area, Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and Highway 14 through the Antelope Valley. Nearly 3 million Southern Californians were expected this weekend to take holiday trips of more than 50 miles, up nearly 5 percent over the number who traveled last year at this time, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. “Generally we don’t see Thanksgiving as the biggest drinking holiday,” compared with Christmas or the Fourth of July, Ziese said. “It’s kind of a family time, but as the numbers indicate, we’re still staying busy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Some 2.35 million people – 81 percent of those traveling – were expected to drive to their destinations, and about 400,000 were expected to fly, the Auto Club reported. The California Highway Patrol reported that arrests for drunk driving for the first part of the Thanksgiving holiday rose slightly from last year, although the number of traffic fatalities was down. From 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Saturday, 1,003 people were arrested for driving under the influence statewide, compared to 986 arrests for the same period in 2004, CHP Officer Wayne Ziese said. Statewide, at least 19 people were killed in traffic collisions over the Thanksgiving holiday through Saturday morning, compared with 32 people killed during the same period last year. The traffic death count for this year, however, is expected to rise because some CHP jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County, will not be reporting numbers until Tuesday. last_img read more