Main Street benefits from ‘the shouting’

by Gazette Reporter

SWORDS Main Street is set to get a mini make-over with small works being carried out over the coming weeks and months, including road markings, new street signage and street furniture.
These works are being carried out with a view to enhance the area’s image and promote the town as a tourist destination.
A display of artwork around the town depicting Swords Castle, the launch of a Swords audio guide, the reintroduction of guided medieval walks and the provision of improved signage in the vicinity of the Castle are all part of the works scheme.
Other works will include the installation of bike racks at various points on Main Street, outside Swords Castle, mobile information kiosk, map of the town outside County Hall and provision of new seating along Main Street.
In terms of streetscape, much of the older signage will be replaced, while disused phone boxes will be removed, tarmac and paving will be reinstated, temporary patching will be carried out and a number of trees will be removed.
Apart from these smaller works, Swords Main Street and Castle environs will receive a complete refurbishment in the coming years as part of the Swords Castle master plan.
A plan for these works was welcomed by councillors at a recent area committee meeting.
Cllr Anne Devitt (Ind) said she had been waiting about nine years for the report. She said: “I am very pleased to see that, finally, the screaming and roaring and shouting in this room [the council chamber] about the need for work to be done in Swords has been taken seriously.
“Although it is long overdue, it is very much welcome that we have now started it.”
Councillors Justin Sinnott (Ind) and Adrian Henchy (FF) both welcomed the report and asked for the timeline for the revamp.
In response, Paul Smyth, senior executive officer, Fingal County Council said: “In terms of timelines work will start as soon as possible. In terms of the finishing date, some of it will involve further engagement with stakeholders, so I can’t give a definite timeline on that.”
However, he went on to say that much of the streetscape component would be done straightaway.

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