Tuesday 20 February 2018

Council has no funds for Railway Street makeover

AFTER a lot of work and the participation of the wider community in Balbriggan in a plan to revitalise the Railway Street area of Balbriggan, Fingal County Council says there is no funding to carry out the recommendations of the report.

Asked by Cllr Tom O'Leary for an update on plans to revitalise the area, the council explained the background to the issue, saying: 'Following on from the publication of a Public Realm Plan for Balbriggan in 2011, Fingal County Council, Balbriggan Town Council and the Heritage Council provided funding to carry out a consultation led design process for the future development of Railway Street entitled 'Railway Street, a New Beginning. Projects for both the improvement of the building façades and the public realm at Railway Street are identified.

'These projects particularly the substantial public realm elements, require detailed costing to be undertaken and notwithstanding this, would be dependent on the availability of substantial funding.'

The council went on to say that currently, no obvious source of funding for the projects recommended in that report are available.

A local authority report on the issue states: 'To date, no external funding sources have been identified. There are no obvious routes at present to apply for funding to Government Departments or Agencies. 'It should be noted that funding had been sought from the NTA to construct the Castlemills Access Road but this was not successful in respect of the NTA's 2014 funding allocation.

'The council will continue to review the situation in case any new funding sources become available.'

Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) said the report was 'a bit disappointing' but said he knew there was significant support for the project on the ground.

He said if an application for funding for the project was made to the right Government department, he was 'confident' it would be approved.

Fingal Independent

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