DESPITE a plan agreed for the upgrade of the Swords to Malahide road some years ago, the council says there is simply no funding for the project to go ahead.The state of the road and its footpaths was once again raised at the Malahide/Howth Area Committee where committee chairman, Cllr. Anthony Lavin (FG) asked that 'in the interests of safety' the council 'put in place urgently needed pedestrian improvements and the removal of briars and upgrading of the Swords Road from Seabury, Malahide to Waterside'. The council had a mixed response for the councillor, saying: 'The removal of briars/weeds from Seabury to Waterside will be carried out in the next few weeks, thus improving pedestrian access. Hedge cutting notices will also be served on landowners where relevant.' But the local authority added: ' There is currently no funding for upgrading of the Swords Road.' Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien (FF) said there was a scheme put on display for the upgrade of the road some years ago and it was ' knocked on the head' by a ministerial directive restricting the council's capital spending. He said it was a 'great shame' the scheme did not go ahead and he asked what priority the work had now. The area manager for Malahide in the council's operations department, Garry O'Brien said the upgrade of the road would always be a desirable project for the the countycouncil. He said his department would do what it could to remove hazards from the footpath and said that on the wider issue of upgrading the road, he suggested that the council's strategic infrastructure department who would be responsible for a scheme of that kind, be consulted with.