Concern as Broadmeadow Way delivery is unlikely until 2021
Locals will be disappointed with news that works on the much anticipated Malahide to Donabate Greenway known more commonly as the Broadmeadow Way may not begin until 2021, the council has reported, depending on an assessment by An Bord Pleanála of a council submission to be made later this month.
The project will see construction of a pedestrian and cycle greenway from Malahide Demesne across the Broadmeadow Estuary to Newbridge Demesne.
Speaking at a recent meeting of Howth/Malahide Area Committee, a council official said it would now be 'ambitious' to say that works would commence in 2020, and that it was 'more likely' that works would begin in 2021.
The official said it would be expected for An Bord Pleanála to take 'up to six months' to consider the planning submission for the project, and then the coucnil would have to consider the board's feedback.
The council official said construction of the greenway was a 'balancing act' between engineering constraints and environmental constraints and 'the sustainability of the infrastructure going forward'.
The official added that recent changes to an environmental impact assessment and recent legal judgements had given 'food for thought' with regards to the submission to An Bord Pleanála.
The council was now, however, in a 'strong position' to issue correspondence to landowners in advance of Compulsory Purchase Orders, and was now 'moving positively' towards submitting an application to the board later this month.
Acknowledging that offering an estimated timeframe for the planning process was 'a difficult one to have to guess at the best of times', local Fianna Fáil councillor Eoghan O'Brien said that there was nevertheless a 'big push' on 'both sides of the estuary' for the project to be delivered 'as quickly as possible.'
Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said he welcomed the fact that the project had reached this stage 'eventually', while Cllr David Healy (GN) said he was 'pleased' to hear at a recent Strategic Policy Committee meeting that a submission might be made to An Bord Pleanála soon.