Wednesday 19 June 2019

Revamp of Village Green progressing

Tender documents for the appointment of a contractor for the redevelopment of Malahide Village Green are now at 'an advanced stage', the council has stated, with a proposed start date for the project set for August this year.

Since an update provided at a February meeting of the council, the local authority's design team have been preparing an extensive suite of construction drawings and project specifications, with a construction tender planned to be published later this month.

Addressing a recent meeting of Howth/Malahide Area Committee, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said he was 'anxious' to see the project going ahead, but expressed some reservations due to this being a time when people liked to congregate in the area.

Ideally, he said, the project would begin in August this year, but that he 'wouldn't mind' if it began in September, and that he wasn't sure if local businesses would be affected by the redevelopment of the green.

Stating that he 'really' wanted redevelopment of the green to begin 'very soon', Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) pointed out there was 'around half a million' allocated in the Capital Programme for the project, adding that the green was 'crying out' for redevelopment.

'You can have one start date and end up with another, (but) as long as we have boots on the ground to redevelop the Village Green into something it has been and something it really should be', he said.

Despite the best efforts of Malahide Tidy Towns, Cllr Lavin said, Malahide Village Green was 'not looking in great shape', and stressed he would like Fingal County Council to ensure the green was maintained to 'the best possible standards in the interim.'

Responding to the councillors, a Council official said the Council 'very much takes on board' feedback given at an earlier Council meeting in terms of the possible impact on the Malahide Festival, and pointed out that August was chosen as a start date due to concerns of the protection of water quality in the estuary, which may be affected by construction.

In terms of temporary improvements to the green in the interim period, the official said he was 'happy' to raise the issue with colleagues in the council's Operations Department. This was, he said, 'very much a flagship project', adding that he and fellow committee members looked forward to seeing works for the proposed redevelopment commence.

Fingal Independent