Public urged to have a say on €23m Balbriggan plan

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A blueprint for the future development of Balbriggan will enter public consultation phase next week and local councillors are urging residents to have their say.

The Balbriggan SocioEconomic Strategy will see €22.8 million invested in ‘public domain improvements’ if the council’s application is successful.

Government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund will be used to upgrade the beach area, the harbour, Quay Street and Mill Pond.

A strategy is being developed under four pillars – economy and job creation, community affairs and integration, public realm and placemaking, and education and training.

All three Balbriggan councillors – Cllr Tony Murphy (IA), Cllr Grainne Maguire (NP) and Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) – are on the leadership group led by DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith, which is tasked with moving the project forward.

They issued a joint statement urging people to engage during the public consultation phase and make submissions outlining their views and vision for the town’s future.

They stated: “This is a very exciting time for Balbriggan. The councillors have delivered the opportunity and now the Balbriggan regeneration strategy is going to the consultation phase.

“It’s time for the public to have their say. Our town is your town.”

Consultation begins on Monday, November 26 with a launch at the Bracken Court Hotel at 5.30pm.

A drop-in service will be based at the hotel from 2pm each day until Friday, November 30 and at Millfield shopping centre on December 1 and 2.

Every household will get a leaflet through the door advising them on how to have their say and there will be a popup information stand at the railway station on November 26 and 27 and December 3.

Details on how to submit your views online and via social media will be revealed soon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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