Stephenstown road progress towards potential 900 jobs in Balbriggan area
While the process to develop a new strategy for Balbriggan is up and running, a crucial bit of infrastructure for the town's economic future is progressing well in the shape of the Stephenstown Link Road which is set to open up 53 acres of industrial land with the potential to generate up to 900 jobs
Works on the road are now well advanced and should be completed by November according to Senior Executive Officer, at Fingal County Council's Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development department, Coilín O'Reilly.
Mr O'Reilly is involved in the group established by Fingal County Council to develop a strategy for Balbriggan's future, headed by DCU President, Brian McCraith and involving a wide range of stakeholders in the town's future.
While that strategy is being worked out, Mr O'Reilly said the council is not 'resting on laurels' and waiting for the completion of that strategy document before projects that can advance Balbriggan's prosperity are advanced.
In that regard, the Stephenstown Link Road is crucial and Mr O'Reilly said that the development will 'prime the land' and make it available for industry.
He said the 23 hectare site had the potential to deliver 900 jobs but the ultimate number would depend on the types of business that choose to locate there.
The road is due for completion in November and Brian MacCraith, Chairman of the Balbriggan Leadership Group, said: 'This is another very good initiative aimed at improving Balbriggan and will greatly assist in the economic development of the town.'
Cllr Gráinne Maguire, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, said: 'It has been shown already in Balbriggan that the availability of fully serviced sites is a major advantage when it comes to persuading firms to set up in the area and this project has the potential to deliver jobs for our community.'
The leadership group established to advance a new strategy for Balbriggan is getting down to work and has already held two formal meetings and its first series of workshops. In these preliminary stages of the process the group is looking at Balbriggan's strengths, opportunities, aspirations and the results it wants to see from the strategy (SOAR).
The four pillars of the study are community affairs and integration, employment, education and training, public realm and placemaking and local economy and enterprise.