Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN MAN­NING

The fu­ture of Balbriggan is set to be trans­formed through a €20mil­lion-plus re­ju­ve­na­tion plan - an am­bi­tious new vi­sion for the town, which will be shaped by the views of its res­i­dents.

Over the next few years Balbriggan has the chance to de­velop into a sea­side town with fan­tas­tic ameni­ties that will pro­vide a sus­tain­able fu­ture for its pop­u­la­tion and lo­cal res­i­dents are be­ing asked to take part in an ‘Our Balbriggan’ sur­vey on balbriggan.ie which will shape the or­der of pri­or­i­ties for a list of im­prove­ments to trans­form the town. A Balbriggan lead­er­ship group, chaired by Pro­fes­sor Brian Mac­craith, Pres­i­dent, Dublin City Univer­sity, was es­tab­lished ear­lier in the year to pre­pare am­bi­tious plans for the area with ac­tions that can be de­liv­ered upon.

‘In a few years’ time the cen­tre of the town will have been trans­formed with pub­lic ameni­ties flow­ing from the River Bracken and the Millpond Park through Quay Street down to a com­pletely re-imag­ined Har­bour which will be the envy of the coun­try,’ said Prof Mac­craith.

‘The trans­for­ma­tion is al­ready be­gin­ning, with free town cen­tre Wi-fi, a new Skate Park and Her­itage Trail just a few of the ini­tia­tives due to be un­veiled in a short pe­riod of time.’

He added: ‘Real money is be­ing put be­hind a com­pre­hen­sive re­ju­ve­na­tion scheme for the area - and the Our Balbriggan sur­vey will al­low the peo­ple of the town to have a say in pri­ori­tis­ing a range of im­prove­ments. At the mo­ment, this town is miss­ing a heart – a prop­erly func­tion­ing town cen­tre. This whole ini­tia­tive is about cre­at­ing an am­bi­tious and pros­per­ous fu­ture for Balbriggan that builds on all of its strong points – the phys­i­cal as­sets, its fabulous beach, its lo­ca­tion and its di­verse and rapidly-grow­ing tal­ent base. By un­der­stand­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity of all these as­sets in a smart way you can to­tally trans­form a town.’

A con­cept draw­ing for the fu­ture of Mill Pond Park in Balbriggan.

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