A BALBRIGGAN Town Councillor has called for the closure of walkways from the Naul Road in Balbriggan into Westbrook Avenue on the grounds of health and safety.Cllr Gráinne Maguire (NP) has asked Fingal County Council to report on how the walkways might be closed. The council reported: ' The closure of walkways at the location referred to in the question requires an extinguishment of a public right of way as well as the usual public consultation process. 'If a petition signed by the residents at this location showing general evidence of support for the extinguishment of the right of way is submitted to the Operations Department, arrangements will be made for a report to be submitted to the Balbriggan Swords Area Committee in the context of initiating the public consultation process in relation to this matter pursuant to the Roads Act 1993.' The local authority said: ' It should be noted that in the event of the Council adopting and approving a proposal to extinguish the right of way after the public consultation process is completed, any works necessary to effect the extinguishment i.e., provision of gates/doors would have to be undertaken by the residents promoting the extinguishment of the right of way in consultation with the transportation department and all costs involved would have to be borne by the residents. 'Also in this connection, it should be noted that when public rights of way are extinguished the land under the right of way in question reverts back to the original owners who are generally the developers of the estate and approval has to be obtained from the owners by the residents for the works to effect the extinguishment to be carried out as the owners are then responsible for the maintenance of the area which has been extinguished.'