Improvements to Balbriggan Harbour to commence in the autumn

by Rose Barrett
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A reminder that works to upgrade and enhance the amenities of Balbriggan Harbour will start in autumn next, once feedback has been received from harbour users in Ireland’s youngest town.

The works, which will maintain, upgrade and enhance the harbour facilities for the local fishing industry, commercial fleet and other harbour users, will follow on from a consultation which will be held with harbour users in the coming weeks. Earlier this year saw the demolition of the former O’Shea’s nightclub which occupied a prime location on Balbriggan Harbour.

Fingal County Council launched plans earlier in July and is seeking feedback from the public with how best to spend the €10m redevelopment programme, and deliver a sustainable public open space in the popular north Dublin coastal town.

Work to upgrade and enhance the facilities and amenities of Balbriggan Harbour will start in the autumn this year once feedback and planning plermission has been secured

The multi-purpose plaza area and linear park is designed to host markets, events and festivals and to provide a centre point to an enhanced leisure and tourist offering in the town. The proposed new space is the largest signature project to be brought forward under the Our Balbriggan 2019-2025 Rejuvenation Plan.

Funding for the project – which is expected to be completed early in 2023 – includes €289,000 from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, said: “It will be great to see the improvement works to harbour facilities in Balbriggan taking place, and this will contribute enormously to the overall redevelopment of Quay Street and environs.”

John Quinlivan, Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development at Fingal County Council explained that Malachy Walsh and Partners Engineers have been engaged by the council to carry out the upgrade.

“This initial work will help deliver utility and waste services and greatly improve storage for existing harbour users, as well as enhancing lighting, seating and other measures designed to develop and support the leisure and visitor potential of the harbour,” he said.

“Enforcement measures will be implemented in parallel to these improvements including, where necessary, waste enforcement and the removal of derelict vessels and abandoned equipment.”

Future regeneration of the harbour will help to create a lively pier and waterfront area that will open up greater tourism opportunities for the town and see more food and leisure amenities in place as a result.

The public consultation process on the revitalisation plans began on Thursday (July 7) with plans on public display at Balbriggan Library and County Hall, Swords until August 5. They will also be available online at  Subject to planning permission, the redevelopment of the 19,300 square metres site is expected to commence in late 2023, with works being completed in five phases between early 2024 and Q1 2025.

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