Ongar-Castaheany Cycle Network

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fingal County Council have put on public display the new Ongar-Castaheany-Littlepace cycle and footpath upgrade scheme.  The scheme is funded by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar. 

Last year I encouraged the council to apply to the Department of Transport for this type of scheme as I was aware that similar applications were being made from other local authorities. I am conscious of the many people want their children to have safer access on foot and by cycle to local shops and schools in the area. 
 The scheme will provide for new and improved integrated cycle and walking infrastructure in the Ongar, Castaheany and Littlepace area. It is of course very timely as National Bike Week takes place from 16th to the 24th of June.

The proposed works (details here) will comprise of the following:

1. In the environs of the Mary Mother of Hope National School and Castaheany Community Centre:

· New and improved on and off road cycle tracks where appropriate

· Improved pedestrian facilities

· New toucan and pedestrian crossings

· Alterations to the road layout and roundabouts.

2. In the environs of Scoil Ghrainne National School, Scoil Setanta and Phibblestown Community Centre:

· New and improved off road cycle tracks to the main school entrance

· Improved pedestrian facilities

· New and improved existing pedestrian crossings

· Alterations to the road layout and existing roundabout at the main school entrance

3. In the environs of Castaheany Educate Together National School, St. Benedicts National School and the Ongar Community Centre:

· New and improved off road cycle tracks to the main school entrance along Barry’s Lane and from the roundabout on the Ongar Road.

· Improved pedestrian facilities and crossings including a new pedestrian entrance from Willan’s Way

· Alterations to the road layout where required

4. New off-road cycle tracks are to be provided at the following locations:

· From the Linnetfields roundabout northwards to the Littlepace Road Roundabout and then eastwards towards the roundabout at Mary

· From the Mary Mother of Hope National School roundabout south towards the public open space entrance.
5. New and improved footpaths and cycle tracks in public open space areas including a new link from Hazelbury Park to the Hartstown Road

6. New traffic calming measures at existing roundabouts with upgraded pedestrian & cyclist facilities.

7. Carriageway alterations and modifications to facilitate the provision of footpaths and cycleways

8. Provision of new advanced directional road signage, road boundary treatment, landscaping works, new road markings, new public lighting, new underground telecommunications ducting & other utilities.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy thereof from Thursday 31st May, 2012 to Thursday 12th July, 2012 at:

Fingal County Council Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, from

Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (open through lunch). They are also available to view or download from
and at Castaheany Community Centre, Phibblestown Community Centre and Ongar Community Centre (check locally for opening hours).

Written submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development is situated, may be made in writing to

Senior Executive Officer, Planning & Strategic Infrastructure Department, Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin to arrive no later than 5.00pm Thursday 26th July, 2012. or e-mail to

Please note that all comments, including the names and addresses of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this development will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented to the monthly meeting of Fingal County Council. Accordingly they will also be included in the minutes of that meeting and consequently will appear on the Council’s Website. If you wish to make a submission anonymously please feel free to email me and I will submit it for you.

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