The long awaited walkway linking Malahide to Donabate is set to go ahead to the next stage in the planning process, according to the County Council.
The project, which was proposed back in 2014, has now cleared all environmental and planning hurdles, according to local TD Darragh O’Brien (FF).
O’Brien went on to say that, “the project, which has received no construction funding to date from any government departments, will eventually link up as far as Rush, to become a ‘coastal greenway.”
“This is part of a grander scheme to connect all of the North County’s coastal areas without breaks, meaning, in theory, you would be able to walk or cycle from Howth Beach to Donabate Beach without stopping if you wanted to. An excellent incentive for local tourism,” according to O’Brien.
The County Council, Irish Rail and National Parks and Wildlife Service, all support the development of the Broadmeadow pedestrian and cycleway and wish to facilitate it as soon as possible. But the application process can be lengthy and there are still some hurdles to jump with regards to planning and tenders.
The County Leader contacted the Council about this and they said that they “intend to submit an application directly to An Bord Pleanala to advance the statutory planning process for the Broadmeadow Way, in the third quarter of 2017.”
They concluded, “the approval process will take at least 6 months, following which, the procurement of a contractor can take place with a view to starting on site as soon as is feasible, subject to funding being in place.”
We hope to see a speedy tender process and the fruits of all the planning and hard work on behalf of the Council and local politicians, in the coming months.