Wednesday 22 November 2017

Broadmeadow Way is stalled by talks

Cllr Brian McDonagh
Cllr Brian McDonagh
Cllr Cian O’Callaghan

Ongoing discussions between National Wildlife and Parks and Irish Rail are delaying the progression of the Broadmeadow Way project which is seeking to provide a cycleway and walkway connecting Donabate and Malahide across the estuary.

The council says it is ready to go with a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the project but is waiting on the outcome of discussions between the two other bodies who have an interest in the proposal.

In a council report given at the request of Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), the council explained: 'The council is at present awaiting the outcome of discussions being held between the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who monitor all activity in designated areas, and Irish Rail with regard to potential uses of Irish Rail property within the Special Area of Conservation.

'When these discussions are completed, the council will be in a position to lodge the relevant documentation with An Bord Pleanala to advance the scheme beyond the planning stage. Prior to the lodgement of the application a presentation will be brought to the relevant area committee meeting.'

Local councillors are growing frustrated at the length of time those discussions are taking and want to see progress on the project.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said that there was a huge local demand for the route to be realised and said everyone 'really needs to see this delivered'.

Cllr David Healy (GP) suggested the council should go ahead with the planning application and allow Irish Rail and National Wildlife and Parks Services to make their contribution during the process An Bord Pleanála will go through to consider that application.

Cllr Cian O'Callaghan (SD) said it was 'surely the time to bring those discussions to a conclusion and make the application'.

Cllr Brian McDonagh (Lab) said he understood the council's reluctance to make the application without approval from Irish Rail and National Wildlife and Parks but the lack of even a time-line for conclusion of those talks 'doesn't inspire me with confidence'.

Council officials said that 'every effort' was being made by the local authority to push the project forward and they remained hopeful of an outcome of the talks between the rail company and parks and wildlife services 'shortly'.

Fingal Independent

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