Public asked for input on greenway linking Donabate, Rush, Skerries and Balbriggan

— Public information events in Rush, Balbriggan, and Skerries to be held this week. Start tonight in Rush.

Deadline for online submissions is December 19.

The public are being asked for input on the ‘Fingal Coastal Way‘, a coastal walking and cycling greenway which will connect Newbridge Demesne, Donabate, Rush, Loughshinny, Skerries and Balbriggan.

At Newbridge Demesne the route will link with an already approved route across the estuary beside the train tracks to Malahide.

Fingal Council Council said that the scheme is at an early stage which is a “key opportunities and constraints being collated prior to the development of potential route options“.

The public information evenings start tonight (26/11/19) at Rush Library in Rush between 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

The next event will be tomorrow (27/11/19) at the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan between 5:00pm to 8:00pm. While the final event will be on Thursday (28/11/19) at the Skerries Sailing Club in Skerries between 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Documents and details of how to make an online submission can be found at consult.fingal.ie with a deadline of December 19.

In a statement published on the council’s website, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said: “I look forward to seeing this project, which will undoubtedly become a flagship tourist amenity for Fingal, becoming a reality.  It will connect to the proposed Broadmeadow Way, which will link Donabate to Malahide. The Council is delivering a network of greenways to encourage sustainable transport for community and leisure.”

Cllr Brian Dennehy, chairperson of the Planning, Strategic Transport and Infrastructure Development Strategic Policy Committee, said: “Public stakeholder consultation is an essential element of the design process and I would encourage special interest groups, local residents, businesses and landowners to get involved in the public engagement events.”

Council chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “The provision of greenway infrastructure is a key priority for the Council.  Greenways deliver tremendous benefits in terms of economic development and recreational amenity, and can also play a key part in Climate Action. Public engagement evenings are the ideal way for local stakeholders to find out more about the project and make their views known.”

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

2 Comments

  1. Excellent. I’ll try to get to the one in Rush tonight. Thanks for the heads-up.

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