At the monthly Council meeting on Monday 13th May, I succeeded in having greenway links from Kinsealy a) to Portmarnock, b) to Kettle’s Lane and c) to Balgriffin/Belmayne included in the Kinsealy Local Area Plan.
Importantly, my motion on phasing resulted in a decision that the greenway from Kinsealy to Old Portmarnock/R124 (which will give access to Portmarnock railway station) be included with a timeframe of including it in the 2020 Capital Programme and submitting the planning application for it in 2021.
In addition to greenways to west, south and east, the redesign of Kinsealy Lane to provide a traffic calmed pedestrian and cyclist-oriented route northwards to Malahide was proposed in motions by both Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien and myself and was also agreed.
All local councillors emphasised the importance of providing quality walking and cycling routes between the schools and houses in Kinsealy and neighbouring towns and amenities. Despite that, the discussion was quite protracted. When it came down to it, it seemed as if the officials considered that it would be too expensive or a poor use of resources. My opinion – and any research I have seen (1, 2) – is exactly the opposite: providing for walking and cycling is excellent value for money. I have been heartened in canvassing this month to confirm that the people of the Howth/Malahide ward overwhelmingly agree.
The debate can be watched at https://fingalcoco.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/419933 at item 18
Some of my previous posts on these greenways:
- Motions I submitted to amend the draft Local Area Plan;
- My response to draft Local Area Plan;
- Kinsealy Greenways Feasibility Study;
- The agreement of the NTA to fund the feasibility study following meeting with a delegation of local Councillors;
- My proposals to the County Development Plan