Balbriggan population growth is ‘dangerous’
CLLR WARNS SERVICES MUST KEEP PACE WITH GROWTH AS POPULATION SMASHES 20,000
A BALBRIGGAN councillor has warned of a ‘dangerous’ situation for the town if Balbriggan’s resources continue to lag behind its escalating population which has broken through the 20,000 barrier in the latest Census.
Cllr Tony Murphy (IA) said that Balbriggan is playing ‘catch up’ in terms of the resources the town has to cope with an escalating population.
Balbriggan needed the addition of Balrothery in the last census to top that 20,000 milestone but in the latest Census, the town alone has recorded a population of some 21,723 people, climbing to almost 24,000 when combined with Balrothery.
Balbriggan councillor, Tony Murphy is concerned that the services required to serve that population are lagging behind and fears the town is facing a ‘dangerous’ situation.
‘I would say the real concern is that with the pressure that is coming on all departments with regard to the housing crisis, we have and Fingal County Council having large banks of land in Balbriggan, that stress will be there to put more social houses in Balbriggan without the resources to manage the population that exists already, It’s dangerous where we are going.’ Cllr Murphy told the Fingal Independent.