The projects that we are engaged with and attempting to progress are outlined below. Ongoing research and planning is required. To ensure the ultimate success of each and every project, you as a member of the community need to become involved.
Community Amenities and Facilities
Employment and Local Business
The community council is seeking to engage with Fingal County Council to research any incentives that can attract new business to the main street and other commercial areas of Balbriggan.The community council is also researching projects to ensure that these commercial areas are maintained to such a standard that the most appropriate business type investments will find suitablility.In other part's of Ireland commercial streets and zones have bye-laws were all business's and shops are part of the overall vision for that area and there for not only support the aesthetics but increase foot fall for the benefitof the commercial communityand the wider community.
King's Strand boathouse
There are a range of properties in Balbriggan which are currently owned by Fingal County Council including the library, lighthouse, Martello Tower, Bremore Castle, the harbour, the front beach shelters ,the viaduct boathouse and King's strand boathouse.
Many of the buildings mentioned are currently in good use such as the library but other properties are in a state of disrepair.We will seek to enter into an agreement with the local authority whereby the Community Council would achieve a holding in these properties while the properties remain in the ownership of Fingal County Council.
Restoration, management and use of these buildings will be the ambition of these projects. The two properties that this council is seeking immediate guardianship of are the King's Strand boathouse and the Martello Tower. Both of these buildings are located next to each other and restoration of the boathouse may serve as a platform for the restoration and lighting of the Martello tower. It may be feasable to store a mobile means of access to the Martello tower's elevated entrance in the boathouse.The boathouse itself is made up of two buildings and while one could serve as storage for the mobile stairs for the tower the main building could house a tea room and craft shop.
The bandstand and the diving board would be the next steps in restoring this area to the way it once was and add to Balbriggan's wealth of coastal ammenities.
Balbriggan library, which underwent a major refurbishment as well as being extended in size, has always been Balbriggan's means of hosting some of the treasures relative to the town's heritage. At some point prior to or during these construction and refurbishment works, items of importance to the heritage of the town were removed such as the "Bell , Clock and Town Records".
The community council is seeking to meet with Iarród Éireann regarding the maintenence of the grassed area of the front beach just below the train station. We will be requesting that a study and report for a more maintanence free development of this area be provided. The community council is also looking at possibilities to enhance this area and suggestions from the community are welcome.
Things you may wish to consider
Serving your community can be immensely rewarding, as is evident by the success of other community councils throughout the country. However, it should be borne in mind that there is a time commitment involved, as attendance at meetings and work away from the meeting table is required.
We have provided links below to some community councils that may be of interest. It is worth looking at some of these community councils in order to gain a sense of their achievements and an appreciation of the type of work involved in the running of a community council. Click on the town of your choice.