Balbriggan’s major transformation revealed with ambitious €20m plan

by Sylvia Pownall

The redevelopment of Balbriggan Harbour and its main street are the focus of a €20m-plus plan for the town which was launched last week.

Artists’ impressions unveiled as part of the Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan indicate that the town centre and pier look set for a massive transformation.

Fingal County Council has allocated €10 million for investment in the town with a further €10 million set aside to build a coastal greenway between Balbriggan and Skerries, as well as developing Bremore Regional Park.

A community group chaired by DCU president Brian McCraith and including all three Balbriggan county councillors was set up last May to draft a blueprint for the revamp of the town, which has the youngest population in the country.

Transforming the main street and connecting it to a reimagined harbour area were the top choices across all age groups in the public realm and placemaking pillar of a survey which will become a model for towns around the country.

Almost one-third of the town’s population (28%) were born outside of Ireland, and 72% of the 4,000 locals surveyed said more public spaces for young people were needed to foster integration.

The plan envisages “repurposing” derelict buildings on Main Street and improving access to the Bracken River with landscaped green areas, water features, pathways and an event space.

Balbriggan’s Harbour area will be reimagined as a leisure destination which makes the most of its scenic location beside the beach.

It will connect with a rejuvenated Quay Street which will feature a linear park along the bank of the river before joining up with Main Street and a quality civic and meeting space.

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