Balbriggan: Wrecks removed from Harbour as rejuvenation plan continues

by Gary Ibbotson

As part of its plans to revitalise Balbriggan, Fingal County Council has announced it has removed three wrecks from the town’s harbour under the Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan.

The operation to remove the stranded boats was headed by the local authority’s Operations Department, which removed the vessels late last week.

As the boats were lifted from the harbour, they were placed on a truck and taken away to be dismantled. It is understood that some of the wrecks had been lying abandoned for a number of years.

Cleaning up the harbour is one of many projects the council plans to undertake, as part of the Our Balbriggan 2019-2025 Rejuvenation Plan.

As well as removing the three wrecks, the council plans to install lighting inside the town’s historic viaduct bridge and supply power to the harbour.

The refurbishment of the RNLI Boat House is also included in the plan.

The council says that the improvements will mark “the beginning of a process of reimagining the harbour area, creating an exciting, lively pier and waterfront, linking numerous leisure and tourism opportunities.”

The Mayor of Fingal County Council, Eoghan O’Brien (FF), said: “This is a significant moment for the Our Balbriggan project because the harbour area has huge potential and its redevelopment is a key part of the Rejuvenation Plan.”

Interim chief executive of the council, AnnMarie Farrelly, added: “The Our Balbriggan team are working hard to fulfil their commitment to have 20 things done in the first year of the Plan, and over the next few months, there will be further improvements made to Balbriggan Harbour in order to fulfil the pledge to improve Balbriggan Harbour.”

In March of this year, it was revealed that the revitalisation plan will cost the council €20m, with €10m being pumped into the development of the town with another €10m being allocated to the construction of a coastal greenway between Balbriggan and Skerries.

A local community group was set up in May, 2018 to draw up a plan for a revamp of the town, with input from local residents, organisations, and businesses.

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