Locals have say on Bremore Park
Local councillors and members of the public gathered in the Bracken Court Hotel last week for what the council reported was 'great engagement' and 'lively debate' on the Bremore Regional Park Masterplan.
The Consulatation Workshop, organised by Fingal County Council's Parks and Green Infrastructure Division, assisted by the Our Balbriggan Team, was used to introduce the project to the local community and park users.
A crowd of almost seventy people attended the workshop, included local councillors Grainne Maguire, Tony Murphy and Joe O'Brien, as well as members of many local community and sports clubs.
The evening gathered ideas, concerns, local knowledge and priorities for the future development of the masterplan.
Commenting on the workshop, Acting Director of Planning Matthew McAleese said: 'I was very pleased to see the great attendance at the workshop and the variety of suggestions from the participants. The priorities expressed were to develop the park as an accessible and inclusive space for everyone, maximising the sport and recreation potential while preserving the unique natural and historic aspects of this coastal site. Public engagement is key to this project and these priorities will inform the next stage of the process. '
Speaking of the Masterplan, Interim Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: 'Bremore Castle and Regional Park form a vital element of the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan, and I am delighted to see the positive engagement from the Community at the consultation workshop. Fingal County Council is committed to harnessing the potential of this unique site to develop a premier regional park both as a tourist destination and a vibrant recreation area for the people of Balbriggan.'
Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent said the involvement of the local community in the planning and design of Bremore Regional Park would 'greatly enhance its relevance' to their everyday lives, and would help the council deliver 'a major new amenity for Balbriggan.'
Located north of Balbriggan along the coast, Bremore Regional Park is comprised of 41 hectares, and includes important historic sites - most notably Bremore Castle - and landscapes, and provides significant public amenities.
A key feature of the Bremore Regional Park Masterplan will be the consideration of the Visual, Historic and Ecological attributes of the site.