New entrance to Newbridge House to improve access
THE commencement of works by Fingal County Council to provide the new Turvey Avenue pedestrian entrance and crossing into Newbridge Demesne has been welcomed by a local councillor.
Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) stated: ‘As many will be aware, the council has now begun works on Turvey Avenue to provide a new pedestrian entrance into Newbridge Demesne, as well as an associated signalised crossing.
‘The Operations Department has confirmed that works are due to take two to three weeks for the civil works to be complete on the wall, crossing and pathways. When this is done, the council will apply to the ESB for an electricity connection, which always takes a few weeks more.’
He added: ‘The works include a new internal pathway inside Newbridge demesne, circa 35 metres, to connect the new entrance to the existing path system.
‘Repair works are along ongoing on a phased basis to repair the historic estate wall around Newbridge, including the broken sections along Turvey.’
He explained: ‘A new pedestrian entrance was first proposed at this location back in 1986 by the Parks Department, due to the great foresight of then County Parks Superintendent Michael Lynch, and the plans for this can still be seen on display in Newbridge House. However more recently it was decided that the entrance would be located at the old ‘Red Door’ labourers’ gate, as per the local area plan and planning permission connected to the Beresford housing development. After further examination of the matter though, the council’s roads engineers decided that it was not safe to go ahead with a crossing at the ‘Red Door’ due to the lack of adequate sight-lines and as such it would not be a safe place to put in a crossing.’
Cllr Mulville said: ‘I have been working closely with my local colleague Cllr Adrian Henchy on this matter, as well as Brendan Ryan TD and other elected representatives, and in particular I’d like to highly commend local Turvey residents Breda Dockrell and Jeddy Mcguinness who have been fighting hard on this matter for a long number of years.
‘It was also a matter high on the agenda for the old Parish Council, now Donabate Portrane Community Council, since housing development began apace along Turvey.’
He concluded: ‘Hopefully the new entrance will encourage greater access to Newbridge for local residents and tourists alike.’