Over 1,000 submissions received re Royal Canal Urban Greenway

by Rose Barrett

Fingal County Council (FCC) confirmed it has received more than 1,000 submissions and surveys from members of the public in relation to the proposed route for the Royal Canal Urban Greenway.

The Royal Canal Urban Greenway is a proposed pedestrian and cycle route along the Royal Canal tow path. The route will operate from Castleknock travelling through Blanchardstown, Coolmine, Clonsilla and Hansfield to the Fingal County boundary with Kildare.

This landmark greenway infrastructure will be delivered by FCC in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and Waterways Ireland. The council invited members of the public to have their say via a six-week consultation phase which closed on Wednesday, July 7.

Throughout the course of the consultation, FCC provided the public with access to user friendly images and videos of the proposed Greenway as well as a large number of technical drawings and reports relating to the project*.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh, said: “It is important that citizens engage in the public consultation process and let their views be known. The response to the Royal Canal Urban Greenway consultation shows the level of interest in the project and it is great that so many took the opportunity to participate.”

Fingal County Council will now review all submissions which will be published on their consultation portal, with 375 already posted to date (moderation involves the redaction of a submitter’s personal details prior to publication). The continued publication of the remaining submissions is expected to take several weeks.

The design team will consider all submissions received and assess how to best address issues raised. This process will include discussions with other stakeholders, which may include local residents, landowners, the National Transport Authority, Waterways Ireland and Irish Rail.

FCC stated the project team will review all feedback from the public and a summary report on the consultation will then be published and made publicly available.

The submissions will also feed into the final proposed scheme design, and it will be screened for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA). That screening, likely to take place in Q3 2021, will also help determine whether the planning application will be lodged to Fingal County Council (as a Part 8) or to An Bord Pleanala.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “The Royal Canal Urban Greenway has the potential to promote connectivity between a number of growing communities in Dublin 15, improving their connection to the wider Dublin area.

“We take public consultation seriously and see it as a valuable and important opportunity to understand the needs of people and the environment they live in.”

*Please note, these items remain online, along with recordings of two public information webinars delivered during the consultation period; see https://consult.fingal.ie/en/consultation/royal-canal-urban-greenway

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