People of Balbriggan to get say in town’s strategy
Balbriggan councillors have welcomed what they called ‘Fingal County Council’s commitment to submit a multi-million euro application for public domain improvements in Balbriggan’.
The application will look to attract Government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund for significant improvements to the Beach, Harbour, Quay Street and Mill Pond areas of the town, according to the three Balbriggan councillors, Cllr Tony Murphy (IA), Cllr Grainne Maguire (NP) and Cllr Malachy Quinn.
A socio economic strategy is currently being developed under four pillars, namely the economy and job creation, community affairs and integration, public realm and placemaking and finally, education and training
Cllr Maguire, Cllr Quinn and Cllr Murphy together with the pillar chairs form the leadership group which is chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith President of Dublin City University.
The process has now been underway for some time and is now moving towards the public engagement phase.
This will open up the process to invite comment and suggestions from the public to inform the strategy and will give the people of Balbriggan a chance to input into the strategy that will shape the future of the town in so many ways.
In a joint statement, the three local councillors told the Fingal Independent: ‘This is a very exciting time for Balbriggan.
‘Already the evidence of commitment to deliver can be seen in the work currently underway on Clonard Hill Stephenstown where a €4 million new road will be completed in late 2018 servicing 53 Acres of industrial lands in the Stephenstown Industrial Area.
‘Fingal in collaboration with Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce are already in negotiation with prospective companies to locate in the Stephenstown area.’
Cllr Maguire, Cllr Quinn and Cllr Murphy would like to stress the importance of engaging in the public engagement stage of this processAdvance notice will be given and a reasonable time frame for delivery.
‘This is your Town, get involved,’ was the message sent out from the three councillors to the people of Balbriggan and htey offered their advice and support to anyone wishing to get invovled in the process.
It’s understood the potential investment in the town arising from the strategy will be in the order of some 20 million euro.