Our Balbriggan is inviting locals and interested stakeholders to attend a webinar on March 1 for an update on two strategies which will shape the future of the town.
The Balbriggan Public Realm Strategy and Balbriggan Active Travel and Transportation Strategy are integral parts of the Our Balbriggan Rejuvenation Plan.
And the webinar is the culmination of a huge amount of work completed by urban design consultants, planners and engineers engaged by the Council.
The development of the Balbriggan Public Realm Strategy was informed by public consultation in 2021, where more than 1,000 residents gave their views.
The webinar will provide an update on the findings from that consultation as well as information on the next steps for the Public Realm Strategy.
It will also provide an outline of the Active Travel and Transportation Strategy, which is being developed to provide a new sustainable model for transport within the town.
The Strategy will identify interventions to encourage a transition to sustainable and low carbon transport modes and support climate action.
It will look at the application of the 15-Minute Town concept, where the majority of Balbriggan residents’ living needs are met within a 15-minute safe walk or cycle from their homes.
The Active Travel and Transportation Strategy will also seek to identify Safe Routes to School opportunities to ensure that more children can walk or cycle safely to school.
And it aims to maximise the ability of the town’s natural and built assets, such as Mill Pond Park and the Harbour, to facilitate safe and permeable walking and cycling.
Taken together, these strategies represent a comprehensive 360 degree approach to ensuring effective forward planning, improving quality of life aspects in the town and making sure the significant opportunity inherent in the planned public investment is fully realised.
Following the webinar, taking place at 7pm on March 1, the Council will run an in-person pop-in session for the public at the Our Balbriggan Hub in George’s Square on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3, where the Our Balbriggan Team and the consultants will be available to discuss the strategies in more detail and answer questions.