Bal­brig­gan pop­u­la­tion growth is ‘dan­ger­ous’

CLLR WARNS SER­VICES MUST KEEP PACE WITH GROWTH AS POP­U­LA­TION SMASHES 20,000

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - John MAN­NING

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.

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