THE REJUVENATION of Balbriggan Town Centre is about to get underway with a free community event taking place this weekend to mark the launch of the project at Railway Street, which sits at the heart of the community.
The community organisation, Balbriggan Public Realm Implementation Group, which is tasked with kick-starting the transformation of Railway Street, is hosting an open day on Sunday. November 25 to introduce residents of Balbriggan to the proposed changes and to have fun. Following an extensive study and public consultation, a Public Realm Plan for Balbriggan, funded by the Heritage Council and facilitated by Fingal County Council, has been prepared. Railway Street has been identified study as the location for the start of the rejuvenation of Balbriggan Town Centre. The Balbriggan Public Realm Implementation Group supported by consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company, are working with residents, traders, stakeholders and users of Railway Street to develop a design led strategy to improve the appearance of this historic street in the heart of Balbriggan. A vital element of the transformation is the active participation of the people who live, work, play and pass through the street - the gateway to Balbriggan. The consultation process included listening to the variouis stakeholders, involving local students in the project, developing proposals and the producing a strategy for Railway Street incorporating small, medium and long term projects. In order to showcase the potential of Railway Street to become a significant centre of activity within the heart of the town, the Implementation Group has arranged the free event 'Railway Street - a New Beginning' for the whole community of Balbriggan. An Arts and Craft Market with a Christmas theme will take place from 12 noon to 6pm. In addition to the market, there will be musical and street entertainment for the community to enjoy. The street will be closed for traffic on the day and marquees, and stalls will be erected to facilitate the crafts and retail operators. Fumbally Exchange at 10 Railway Street will host a Pop-Up Art Gallery and mince pies and mulled wine will be available from the Brick Room Café. If you are a local artist or involved in crafts and would like to participate in the event, the organisers would love to hear from you. Please tel. 01-8412178 or email. townhall@ balbriggan.ie or contact Anthony Murphy at 01-8413670. For further information on the Public Realm Plan, visit Balbriggan Town Council at Balbriggan.ie