Cllr Adrian Henchy has welcomed the green light for the Broadmeadow Greenway project. He said he was, “very pleased to learn of An Bord Pleanala decision to grant approval for the long awaited and much anticipated “ Broadmeadow Greenway” (Shared footpath and Cyclepath) connecting Donabate to Malahide. On behalf of my local community I had made a detailed submission to this planning application by Fingal County Council back in September 2019 broadly supporting the application. Today’s decision had been expected in March so it’s delay was leading to concerns that a difficulty may have arisen so its a great relief to finally get the planning approval which will allow the project proceed to the construction phase.Thankfully the significant funds for this project have been ring fenced within Fingal County Councils Capital Development Programme2020-2022 which I have been very pleased to support.
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. Finally on behalf of my local community to recognise while in the first instance this project will connect Newbridge House & Park to Malahide Castle it is critically important that no time is lost to improve Cycle and footpath infrastructure back into Donabate village, the residential areas of Donabate and onwards to Portrane. It also means once this leg of the Greenway is completed the next phase connecting Donabate onwards towards Lusk, Rush, Skerries and Balbriggan will be eagerly awaited and I look forward to supporting that. Undoubtably today’s landmark decision is incredibly positive for the peninsula of Donabate/Portrane bringing us closer than ever to our neighbours in Malahide and will also bring enormous benefits to the wider Fingal region. Now the pressure begins to ensure it is a reality and operational in 2022.”