THE long-suffering residents of Moylaragh estate in Balbriggan are one step closer to relieving the traffic problems that have made their lives a misery for years as the so-called 'Castlemill Link Road' wins the approval of local councillors and goes forward for rubber stamping by the full council.
The new road is designed to take traffic away from the doorsteps of residents in Moylaragh Gardens and Cresecent in particular, while at the same time, improving access to Castlemill Shopping Centre. The project has been out for public consultation and last week returned to councillors on the Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee who gave the proposal the green light. The project was due to come up for final approval by the full council at last night's (Monday) monthly meeting of Fingal County Council. Jim Cleary, a senior engineer at the council, recommended adoption of the scheme and said that the construction of the road would take six months from its commencement. But it is the commencement of the project that remains in doubt with Mr Cleary admitting the council has ' no idea' how the €900,000 project will be funded. The senior engineer told local councillors that the 'question about funding remains unresolved'. He added: 'We have no idea yet how we will be able to fund this but we have sought funding from the NTA (National Transport Authority). He said that the council had not met with the NTA in 2013 as of yet and said it would look beyond the NTA for funding, perhaps to the National Roads Authority (NRA). Cllr May McKeon (NP) who has campaigned strongly for the road said the approval of the scheme was 'good news for the new year'. She added: 'I can't emphasise enough how important this road will be to the entire community in Balbriggan.'
Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) also welcomed the project and said that there had been a lot of representations from Moylaragh over the years from residents concerned at the heavy traffic using the estate. Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab) said the residents would be 'delighted' with the project and praised Cllr McKeon for the work she had put in on the proposal.