Malahide to Donabate greenway gets the go ahead

by Gazette Reporter

WORK is set to begin on the e12m Broadmeadow Greenway after planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanala.

The 6km off-road walking and cycleway will link Malahide and Donabate across the Broadmeadow estuary completing another piece of the Fingal coastal route.

It will be built jointly by Fingal County Council and the National Transport Authority with a 280m bridge crossing the Broadmeadow Estuary on the Malahide Railway Viaduct.

The Greenway will travel from Malahide Castle to Newbridge House through varied and scenic landscapes including demesne and parklands, estuarine landscapes, rural farmlands and village environments against the backdrop of the coastline. 

Plans for the rest of the Fingal Coastal Way, which will eventually run from Sutton to Balbriggan, will be unveiled later this year.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, said: “I welcome the council’s commitment to commence construction in 2021. As a local councillor this is something that I have pushed for many years and it is great to see it finally get the green light.”

Council chief AnnMarie Farrelly said she hoped work would begin on site next year “with the aim of having the project completed by 2022”.

A route options appraisal was undertaken as well as an Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement, due to the presence of the Malahide Estuary Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Green Party TD Joe O’Brien told Dublin Gazette: “This greenway will be a fantastic public amenity with great tourism potential.

“As we move into life after Covid, people need to have more options and choice for travelling from A to B as we adjust to living with physical distancing and providing safe, high quality, cycling routes is a way we can do this.”

Donabate Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) said: “It’s a great relief to finally get the planning approval which will allow the project proceed to the construction phase. 

“This greenway will be a game changer for my local community which is going to bring enormous benefits, none more so than encouraging an active lifestyle of walking and cycling.”

Deputy Darragh O’Brien (FF) said: “This is very good news. It is expected that when finished the greenway will link a 32km recreational stretch of greenway connecting Malahide, Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore Castle. 

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