€20 mil­lion-plus plan for­mally launched to ‘trans­form’ the town

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Byjohn MAN­NING

DE­TAILS of how Balbriggan’s fu­ture may be shaped in a new plan called ‘Our Balbriggan’ emerged yes­ter­day as the plan was for­mally launched and an un­prece­dented level of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion got un­der­way to en­sure that the peo­ple of the town have own­er­ship of the plan.

Un­der the plan, a large event and mar­ket space is planned off Quay Street which will con­tain a lin­ear park at the heart of Balbriggan, along the Bracken River.

A vi­brant mar­ket space is also planned for un­der the arches of the Rail­way Viaduct, with the ad­di­tion of free-stand­ing stall struc­tures for weekly and sea­sonal mar­kets. The RNLI Boathouse as a café space with ad­di­tional seat­ing, paving and light­ing.

A re­vamped Rail­way Street vista will pro­vide a fresh wel­come to the town. High­light­ing Balbriggan as a vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion, open­ing up the his­tor­i­cal train sta­tion and bring­ing into use the sta­tion master’s house with ac­com­pa­ny­ing trees, plant­ing, paving, art­work and sig­nage.

An ex­cit­ing new har­bour ex­pe­ri­ence will cre­ate a lively water­front. The Bracken River will be an in­te­gral part of the re­ju­ve­na­tion plan, flow­ing through the town and fram­ing the new pub­lic places. This new land­mark cor­ner at the main street will pro­vide the en­try to a re­vamped Mill Pond pub­lic park.

The group formed to plot the so­cial and eco­nomic fu­ture of the town, is headed by DCU pres­i­dent, Brian Mc­craith and he said: ‘This whole ini­tia­tive is about cre­at­ing an am­bi­tious and pros­per­ous fu­ture for Balbriggan that builds on all of its strong points.’ He said the plan could ‘to­tally trans­form the town’.

Lucy Sav­age at the turn­ing on of the Christ­mas Lights in George’s Square, Balbriggan.

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