Have your say on Active Travel for Skerries

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Local people and businesses are invited to participate in a new public consultation that aims to make Skerries a healthier and more enjoyable town to travel and spend time in.

Fingal County Council has secured funding from the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) to develop Active Travel proposals for Skerries. We are starting with a blank canvas, so before we commence any design work we want to hear people’s suggestions and views.

We will be focusing on improving travel and public spaces in Skerries for everyone who lives here or has a business, as well as those who travel to Skerries for work, shopping, school, socialising or leisure activities.

We want to hear from people who walk, push a buggy, cycle, use public transport, drive cars, motorbikes, scooters, and from people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony said this public consultation is an important one. ‘Skerries is the first town in Fingal to experience a public consultation of this kind. Instead of making proposals the Council are seeking early input from those who visit, live and work in Skerries, those insights will be used to design a plan that works for everyone and has local knowledge and experience of the town woven into its fabric.’

Taking 2-minute surveys to gather new ideas at launch of Skerries Active Travel Plan consultation

Cllr Tom O’Leary noted the positive impact that Active Travel has had in other locations, stating: “Introducing Active Travel measures in Skerries will enable everyone, young and old, to make different transport choices, reduce our carbon footprint, and make Skerries a safer and cleaner place. It is particularly important for the children of Skerries that we identify ways to help them to be active and move around the town safely. Equally we need to ensure that Skerries is accessible for people of all ages and abilities regardless of how they are traveling.”

Cllr Seana Ó’Rodaigh also greeted the opportunity for the public to participate in the development of an Active Travel plan: “It is great to see that consultation with the public is happening ahead of design work taking place, as this will allow the integrated design team to understand what the town of Skerries really needs. We need all ideas big and small from the community as this is what will inform appropriate designs that will work for everyone”.

Cllr Karen Power welcomed the consultation, saying: “There is great community spirit in Skerries, with many advocating for Active Travel measures in the town to improve road safety, improve our environment and make the town even more enjoyable for all. I strongly encourage all residents, workers, and visitors to the town – no matter how you travel – to participate in this public consultation so that the project team prepares designs and proposals with the community at their core”.

Fingal staff, Councillors and local people join forces to promote the Skerries Active Travel Plan consultation

Sinead Murphy, Senior Engineer, of Fingal County Councils Active Travel Unit, encourages as many people as possible to participate in the consultation, noting that Active Travel is for everyone: “This is not about removing cars from Skerries. It is focused on helping people to make fewer car journeys and to access other modes of transport. We want Active Travel to work for everybody. This includes those who depend on their cars to access essential services, children who want to use their bikes and scooters to get to school, and businesses who will benefit from improved accessibility and better public spaces, making Skerries a more attractive place to spend time.

We want ideas for how we can help the average person in Skerries to travel more actively as part of their normal daily routine, no matter how they choose to do so”.

There are lots of benefits associated with Active Travel including reduced traffic volumes and congestion, better air quality and lower carbon emissions, improved road safety, support to the local economy, lower travel costs, and better social connectivity.

The public consultation will run for six-weeks from Thursday, 22 September to Thursday, 03 November 2022.

A public information session will be held online on Thursday, 6 October from 7pm. Anyone interested in meeting the project team, hearing about the project and putting their questions to the team is encouraged to join this online event. The link to register for this event can be found at https://consult.fingal.ie

All the details are available on https://consult.fingal.ie, where online submissions can be made. Submissions will also be accepted by email and post:

Email to [email protected] or Post to c/o Active Travel Unit, Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords K67 X8Y2

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