Wednesday 20 March 2019

Plans to transform Rogerstown

Plans being proposed by Fingal County Council will turn Rogerstown Estuary into one of the finest recreational facilities in the country, an environmental group said. But Donabate Estuary Watch called on the council to do more to promote its amenity plan for the ecologically important estuary.

Chairman of Donabate Estuary Watch Raymond Brett said the works proposed for the estuary, which straddles Donabate and Lusk, would transform the area into one of the most accessible nature parks on the island.

The council has just published a plan to spend €9.2m to develop a natural amenity area at Rogerstown Inner Estuary. As a Special Area of Conservation, Fingal County Council is legally obliged to ensure the protection of these nature conservation areas which are an important wintering and breeding ground for birds.

The works proposed by Fingal County Council include a new entrances on Turvey Avenue plus 120 car spaces; providing 250 allotments plus three kilometres of walkways; a new bridge adjacent to the railway bridge; and woodland and hedgerow planting plus hay meadows.

The council is also planning to provide interpretative facilities. But Mr Brett said more needed to be done by the council to let everyone in North County Dublin have their say on the plans. ‘The works proposed will transform the estuary area and make it a more accessible national and international resource.

The plans are available on display at Fingal County Council Offices in Swords and in Donabate Community Centre on Portrane Road. Submissions are invited and you should write to Fingal County Council, Swords on or before August 27th or you can email maria.quill@fingalcoco.i e.