A New Strategy for BalbrigganApril 24, 2018 ADMIN 0
Fingal County Council will unveil plans shortly to develop a new strategy for Balbriggan aimed at ‘securing the town’s long-term economic and social development’. The Balbriggan Strategy will promote economic growth, reverse social and physical decline in Balbriggan, it will also improve the quality of life for residents in the town. The improvements to the town will make it more attractive to residents and investors. The strategy will also open up opportunities to create more equal communities.
The development of the strategy will be led by the President of DCU, Brian MacCraith and will draw on expertise from the local community, from business leaders and from key state agencies. The strategy will be put in place and will include actions across policy areas such as the economy and job creation, community affairs and the public realm.
The council is also committing to funding the strategy and setting out specific time-frames for its implementation, the strategy will build on Balbriggan’s many strengths to secure the town’s long-term economic and social development.
Cllr Murphy “This development is positive for Balbriggan, if somewhat overdue. Balbriggan has seen a massive increase in its population and housing over the last couple of decades but has been playing catch up with local services and infrastructure. The town’s Public Realm Plan which sets out a number of ambitions for the future of Balbriggan town centre, in particular, had fallen victim to the recession after it was published in 2011 and I am confident that this new strategy will fund the implementation of that fantastic document. I am delighted that Fingal County Council has taken up the opportunity to deliver on the Public Realm Plan after many discussions with myself and other colleagues from business and I will continue to work hard to make sure this is delivered as soon as possible.
In terms of the economic piece of the plan I am delighted to see the continued development of Stephenstown as a major centre of economic growth and employment for Balbriggan. Currently the council has embarked on building a new road to the industrial zone with the aim of opening up further land for job-generating development there. In tandem with this project, Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, the council and other experts in the field have been busy in trying to attract new businesses to the site and upwards of a dozen companies are showing interest in taking up that invitation.
The new strategy for Balbriggan will also need to address social issues. The area of social inclusion needs to be tackled and I urge the council to take a role in dealing with a rise in antisocial behaviour.