Cllr. Joan Burton TD, has proposed to the Liffey Valley Joint Management Committee that a walking path be provided from Phoenix Park via the southern boundary of Farmleigh, to the north side of the Liffey Valley at the Metal Bridge at the Lower Road in the Strawberry Beds.
Her proposal was unanimously agreed by the Liffey Valley Joint Management Committee. The Committee is made up of representatives of both Fingal and South Dublin County Councils and also representatives of community organisations from both sides of the Liffey.
Fingal County Council is due to undertake a review of it’s development plan in the next year. One of the objectives of the new Development Plan should be to conserve the Liffey Valley as the green lung of Dublin 15.
Making the Valley accessible and useable by walkers and cyclists can be done in a number of different ways, said Joan Burton.
Fingal County Council should enter negotiations with local landowners with a view to acquiring right-of-ways.
For example, it is possible to create a very attractive walk going from the top of the Phoenix Park through the State lands at Farmleigh (where there is already a road) across the top of the Liffey Valley and down to the Metal Bridge in the Lower Road Strawberry Beds.
In due course if the Metal Bridge is rebuilt, this would provide a bridge to the south side of the river, to Waterstown Park and to the grounds of Stewards Hospital Recently South Dublin County Council acquired 27 acres of Stewards Hospital lands alongside the Liffey.
The second issue which needed to be addressed was traffic rat-running along the Strawberry Beds. A system of traffic calming would give much needed relief to local residents currently facing 2,000 vehicles an hour using the Lower Road. This was making life difficult for residents and also for walkers and cyclists to safely use Liffey Valley.
Cllr. Burton said that the Liffey Valley was one of the remaining treasures of Dublin West and was an important amenity for people in Dublin 15, Lucan, Palmerstown and Clondalkin. She said that she has previously called on government to designate the area a National Park and that it was Labour Party policy to pursue the development of such a National Park.