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Bridge to be built on child safety concern


Darragh Butler (Tim Ralph)

Darragh Butler (Tim Ralph)

Darragh Butler (Tim Ralph)

A new pedestrian bridge is due to be built on the Broadmeadow river in Swords.

The proposed bridge will provide footpath links between the Thornleigh estate and the council playing pitches at Balheary.

Fingal County Council has published plans for the bridge and members of the public have until March 29 to make observations.

The bridge will allow people to access the Swords Celtic football grounds, in a bid to address safety concerns about children using the Balheary road to access the club.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Darragh Butler said that the plans had raised some concerns around possible anti-social behaviour.

"There needs to be some security measures used at night," he said.

Meanwhile, in Donabate an ambitious new local area plan (LAP) has been adopted by councillors.

A total of 65 submissions were made on the draft plan.

Some 3,935 units are planned for the town under the LAP - much of which will be located at lands at Turvey, Rahillion, Ballymastone and Corballis.

An objective is now also to be included in the plans to seek the extension of the planned Metro North to the town, though no location for a station has been identified.

The long-awaited distributor road for the town is also to be prioritised under the plan.

A large number of submissions were made in relation to the pick-up/drop-off zone at St Patrick's National schools on the Portrane Road.

Planners have included proposals for an additional set-down area and new footpath and cycleway links where there is new development but no additional measures have been added after the consultation.