600 submissions to Fingal County Council over Royal Canal Greenway

by Sylvia Pownall
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More than 600 submissions were received by Fingal County Council during public engagement on the preferred route for the Royal Canal Greenway.

Among those were a significant number of Castleknock residents concerned that a segment of the cycleway close to their back gardens will result in a loss of privacy and other issues.

The council says it will now “consider the submissions received and assess how best to address the various issues raised” as well as holding discussions with landowners, the NTA, Waterways Ireland and Irish Rail.

An environmental screening process will be carried out once a final preferred route is established and a full Environmental Impact Assessment will be prepared for An Bord Pleanala “if significant environmental impacts are likely”.

Fingal County Council gave an update on several greenway projects at its monthly meeting and revealed that some have advanced to the planning and construction stage.

Meanwhile, Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) welcomed progress on the Broadmeadow Way route across the estuary from Donabate to Malahide which is now with An Bord Pleanala.

He told Dublin Gazette: “This greenway is ultimately expected to connect with the Fingal Coastal Way – a 32km greenway currently in the design phase which is planned to link Donabate with Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore.

“The greenway will provide an important environmentally-friendly transport alternative to motor travel and will also lead to increased numbers to tourist attractions in the region such as Newbridge House, Malahide Castle, Skerries Mills, Rogerstown Park, Drumanagh, Bremore Castle and Ardgillan Castle.”

The route will eventually link in with the Boyne Valley Way along the Meath coast and on to historic sites at Newgrange and Bru na Boinne.

To the south it will connect to a network of coastal greenways in Fingal including one from Baldoyle to Portmarnock due to open this autumn.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) raised the issue at council level, noting that the greenway network signals “excellent news for Fingal residents and tourism prospects”.

A contractor has now been appointed for the Baldoyle-Portmarnock scheme which is due to open by the end of the year.

A planning application is expected to be lodged for the Sutton-Malahide Greenway in early 2020.

Meanwhile, research on route options for the 32km Fingal Coastal Way have commenced, with a public consultation period expected to take place in early 2020.

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