In August 2014 the Balbriggan Community Council contacted Fingal County Council to request a meeting in which items of relevance to the whole Balbriggan Community were hoped to be discussed at county level. The first possible date that Fingal County Council could give for such a meeting was 8 months later on the 9th April 2015.
Today, 9th April 2015, that day finally arrived and so 4 members of the Balbriggan Community Council arrived in County Hall in Swords for a formal meeting with Fingal County Council. Local Councillors for the Balbriggan Ward were also in attendance and provided great support for many of the items on the agenda.
The items on the agenda were broad ranging and were driven by input provided by the Balbriggan community via media posts, public meetings and direct communication. After submitting the Agenda a month prior to the meeting, Fingal County Council requested a shortened version from the Balbriggan Community Council. The shortened version was the basis upon which the meeting was conducted.
Among the items discussed were the buildings on the main street and the general state of the town centre. Fingal County Council mentioned that planning permission had been granted previously to the derelict site behind the former DeBruns bar for Town centre development. When questioned on this Fingal County Council explained that this type of planning could include commercial and resdiential units. Councillor Murphy put a strong case forward for examining this area with the view to regaining some control over it for the benefit of the town.