Council make commitment for access to Newbridge Demesne 

by Rose Barrett
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Corina Johnston Labour Party Area Representative has welcomed the commitment from Fingal County Council for the much-needed pedestrian access into Newbridge Demesne off the Hearse Road, writes Rose Barrett. 

Johnston said: “We have been making ongoing representations since July 2020 on this provision which is a condition in the planning permission for Semple Woods  Development and an objective of the Fingal Development Plan.”

Ms Johnson was among many locals who recently held a protest march to highlight the dangerous pedestrian access to the popular family amenity.

Johnston added; “My colleague Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh received the following response from a query raised at last week’s council meeting on our behalf:

‘Following on from a recent meeting of staff from the Operations Department, Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department and Active Travel the following list of works were identified. Works include installing a footpath on the Donabate route, and heritage bollards from new bus stop to link with footpath at pedestrian crossing; ppen existing gate in Newbridge which is used as temporary access for vehicular traffic for Flavours of Fingal to allow pedestrian access to the Demesne; to construct path along existing temporary road in the Demesne to link with existing path in the park; to move the 50KPH signage south of new bus stop and to remove barriers at the crossing and install new barriers at the entrance into the Demesne.’

“The council also stated consideration will also be given to the inclusion of two traffic calming ramps on the Hearse Road, at Semple Woods in future Programme of Works.”

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