Swords councillor welcomes FCC’s sustainable proposal for bridge

by Rose Barrett
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​Local Swords Cllr Joe Newman (Ind for Swords) stated he was delighted that Fingal County Council had  taken heed of a motion he submitted to the 2017 – 2023 development plan regarding the Ward River Regional Park Development Project​,​ writes Rose Barrett.

A resident of River Valley himself, Cllr Newman’s motion was to ensure that any bridge over the valley between Highfield and Brookdale would be a sustainable access facility.

He welcomed FCC proposing a natural looking wooden/steel bridge “through the trees” that will facilitate cycling and walking across the valley at this location.

“No doubt this will allow accessibility to schools and provide active travel which will remove a lot of cars from the roads,” said Cllr Newman. “Also, work is to start immediately on stabilising the beautiful arch bridge which will be followed on by works to preserve the water cascades in the Brackenstown side of the valley. The combination of the recreational hubs will be a tremendous asset for all the communities of Swords,” he said.

Cllr Newman praised Mr Halpenny and his team at FCC Parks Department for their vision re the sustainable development, the greenbelt and parks around Swords.

Feature photos Cllr Joe Newman at the historical arch bridge at Brackenstown Woods

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