IT’S ‘OUR BALBRIGGAN’
€20 million-plus plan formally launched to ‘transform’ the town
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.