New en­trance to New­bridge House to im­prove ac­cess

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.’

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