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Monday 20 November 2017

Major investment in bringing new business to Balbriggan

Cllr Tony Murphy
Cllr Tony Murphy

The council has invited tenders for a contractor to build a new access road to industrial development lands at Stephenstown in Balbriggan, opening up 56 acres for development in the hope of attracting major new employers to the town.

The new road, to be known as the Stephenstown Link Road marks a major investment in employment generation in the area, and according to local councillor, Cllr Tony Murphy (IA) demonstrates 'serious intent' on behalf of the council in 'supporting Balbriggan's opportunity to attract more business investment and improve the economic environment of the town'.

Recently, Cllr Murphy proposed a motion to the council's Economic Development and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee calling on the local authority to 'assess the business case to service more lands at Stephenstown and based on the final analysis identify the amount of lands needed and a funding stream'.

That motion was agreed by the committee and in response, the council's laid out its plans for its lands at Stephenstown, saying: 'The lands at Stephenstown in the ownership of Fingal County Council extend to some 22.84 Hectares or 56.43 Acres.

'Some 10.2 Hectares of same are zoned GE or General Employment, in the Current County Development Plan with the remaining lands zoned as HT or High Technology.

'The council proposes to service all 22.84 Hectares of land, in order to make them suitable for future use by businesses. The servicing of the land will involve (a) construction of an access road and associated northern roundabout and spurs & (b) extension of services e.g. water supply, waste water infrastructure, electricity and telecoms ducting along the route of the proposed roads.'

Cllr Murphy said that lands already serviced at the site have 'proven to be very advantageous in attracting new business to the area to date'.

He said: 'This investment will offer Balbriggan a competitive edge when companies are considering their locations.'

Last Wednesday, the council followed up on their commitment to invest in the new road by inviting tenders for the project.

In its tender, the council described the project, saying: 'Fingal County Council is the owner of industrial development lands at Stephenstown, Balbriggan. The lands extend to some 22.84 Hectares or 56.43 Acres. Some 10.2 Hectares of same are zoned GE, General Employment, in the Current County Development Plan with the remaining lands zoned as HT,High Technology.

The council proposes to service all 22.84 Hectares of land, in order to make them suitable for future use by businesses. The servicing of the land will involve the construction of an access road and associated northern roundabout and spurs and the extension of services.'

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