PROPOSALS to build a €20 million motorway service station close to Dunshaughlin has been described as a "scandalous waste of money".
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is proposing to build a motoway service station at Raynestown, Derrockstown and Mill Lane , Dunshaughlin and has initiated a public consultation process.
They are inviting the public to a public information evening in the Dunshaughlin Civic Offices this evening, 9th February.
However, Cllr Damien O'Reilly said the proposal is a complete waste of €20million and the money should used instead to resdolve existing problems on the motorway."It is very disappointing to see TII pushing ahead with this petrol station.
"They are quoting up to €20million to locate the petrol station at the M3, a motorway which requires urgent investment in other areas.
"A fraction of this expenditure could be used for new on/off ramps and Fairyhouse Cross flyover, to ease congestion for commuters from Dunshaughlin and Ratoath and homebound to the Trim side of the road."
"There is terrible congestion at the Fairyhouse flyover every day and taxpayers money should be used to alleviate that, rather than a motorway station."
"Since this entire proposal was first mooted they have built the new service station at Mulhuddart.
"The private sector is willing to build servces and why not let them, instead of investing €20million of /taxpayers money in it, when it could be put to so much better use."
Cllr O'Reilly pointed out that EU directives look for services every 100km, but the proposed faciliy is only 60km from Dublin.
"The people of the area are very aggrieved. The areas was a quiet rural area until the motoray was built and now they are going to destroy it again with a service staton.
"Nobody believes that there was proper consultation either.
"They picked two sites right at the base of Tara and everyone knew that they wouldn't be built there."
"TII is planning to waste €20 million on a service station on the M3 - let the private sector build it instead. "This money could but better utilised improving Fairyhouse Cross and other junctions in the area."
He urged the public to attend today's open evening and make their views known on the proposals.
The open eveninjg takes place at the Dunshaughlin Civic Offices from 4pm to 8pm and is organised by consultants Halcrow Barry, who have been appointed by TII. They say they want to obtain the views and comments of the local people on the proposals.