Sunday 20 October 2019

Frustration over delays in the Broadmeadow Way project

The Broadmeadow Way is to be built alongside the rail crossing of the estuary
The Broadmeadow Way is to be built alongside the rail crossing of the estuary

Ken Phelan

There is growing frustration among local councillors around ongoing delays to the Broadmeadow Way project that would provide a cycleway and walkway across the estuary linking Malahide and Donabate.

Despite assurances planning documentation for the long-awaited Broadmeadow Way project will shortly be made to An Bord Pleanála, a number of local councillors have expressed their frustration at delays to the project.

Progress on the cycle route and walkway across the estuary linking Malahide to Donabate was questioned recently, when councillors requested the latest design report be made available to them.

Accepting there were certain circumstances beyond the Council's control, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF), speaking at the recent meeting of Howth/Malahide Area Committee, said that councillors were anxious to see 'real progress' on the project.

There had been 'plenty of robust discussions over the years' on the 'greenway' project, he said, but there were 'frustrations' at the delays caused.

Cllr David Healy (GP), voicing his concerns regarding delays to the project, said however that councillors were 'very pleased' to see that the design process was 'working well'.

Councillors had a desire, he said, for the structure to be 'aesthetically pleasing' and be a 'beautiful structure', where people could visit and see 'the beauty of the estuary.'

Cllr Healy expressed a desire that the structure provide adequate space, particularly with people cycling by others 'standing to admire the view.'

This, he said, was the reason for requesting the latest project design, which it would be 'great to see' after discussions held in 2018.

Assuring councillors that any matters raised would be passed on to the project's consultant designer, a council official noted it would 'have to be appreciated' that any plans would be preliminary in nature, and that new details would be addressed at a detailed designed stage.

The project team, the official said, had 'always taken on comments' from stakeholders, and 'at this stage', the project was coming 'very close' to finalising a report with a view to a submission to An Bord Pleanála by April 2019.

All documentation for this submission would be available through the Fingal County Council portal, she said, including specific design drawings associated with the bridge crossing.

The council official said a 'huge' amount of work had been carried out on the project over a number of years, but that she did acknowledge the 'frustrations' of councillors.

Documents will be furnished to An Bord Pleanála, she concluded, and added if there were queries arising from the submission, they could be addressed with councillors individually.

Fingal Independent