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Cllr calls for new path to link Donabate estates


Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF)


A local councillor has called for the installation of a new footpath from Kingsland Estate in Donabate to Cois Inbhir.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) made the call at a recent Area Committee Meeting.

He asked Fingal County Council to “examine and assess the footpath network from Kingsland Estate Donabate to Cois Inbhir with a view to installing a footpath at this very busy location for pedestrians and young families”.

Cllr Henchy said that “currently there is a footpath directly outside the eestate which disappears and then re-appears at Cois Inbhir”.

Describing the issues that causes for local residents, the Fianna Fáil councillor told the council: “Residents have to walk on the verge under large overhanging trees, meaning they are walking in shadow and are not easily seen by passing motorists”.

Cllr Henchy pointed out the obvious road safety concerns this situation is causing, locally.

In response, the council issued a written report stating: “An initial survey has been carried out on Beaverstown Road.

“There is an existing footpath that will get pedestrians from Cois Inbhir to Kingsland and vice versa.

“This could be aided with the installation of ramps near the Kingsland entrance under the general maintenance programme, even though it does involve crossing roads at three locations.”

The council report went on to state that providing the proposed footpath on the eastern side of Beaverstown Road posed significant practical difficulties.

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The Fingal County Council report explained: “Regarding the proposed route on the eastern side of the Beaverstown Road, this currently doesn’t provide enough space for a footpath without a land take.”

“It would also involve removal of vegetation including trees which provides privacy to the properties that are already in place,” the local authority report on the issue, concluded.