At a recent Fingal Council Meeting local Labour Councillor Peter Coyle called for a footpath improvement programme be drawn up for Malahide Village, including present damaged sections in New Street, The Mall, and Strand Street, as well as the rising paving around the trees in the village. Peter pointed out that the Council could face major compensation claims if the problems with the paths were not addressed. The Council carried out some pilot work in relation to the problem of the rising paving associated with roots of tree. This pilot work was successful, but the Council did not continue the work in other problem locations on New Street and Church Street. Billy McClean, Senior Executive Engineer, told the meeting that the special red tarmacadam used at the base of the trees is not readily available, is costly and will require a unique order to fulfil the project and the high standard needed for Tidy Towns.
Cllr Peter Coyle highlighted the poor state of the footpath in other sections, including The Mall, near the upgraded Malahide Library, as well as the bottom of New Street and Strand Street. Billy Mc Clean responded by stating that these will be considered for upgrade in the 2009 Programme of Works. In relation to Strand Street the Water Services Department are planning major drainage works in that area, and footpath upgrade there will be brought up to standard during those works.
Cllr Peter Coyle pointed out that there is a perception that Malahide Village gets priority treatment over other areas, but the reality is that walking the footpaths in the village can be more treacherous than anywhere in the electoral area. He looks forward to funding being provided in the 2009 Programme of Works to carry out the much-needed upgrade.