A new access path to the Arches at Ushers Lake will begin construction this summer, the council have confirmed.
The new access route is needed for more extensive conservation work that is due to take place there in the coming months.
The new path will lead from the Brookdale Green area of Rivervalley into the valley and when the works are complete will form part of the path network within the new park.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“The construction of the new path will likely involve the removal of more vegetation which is unfortunate but access to the historic structures is necessary for their preservation.
“We need to make sure that the works on that new part of the valley have the lowest ecological impact possible – while allowing for increased access to some areas.
“I want to see the incredible nature we have there conserved for future generations and we need to do it in a way that provides more access and amenity. We need to work with all stakeholders and make sure we are getting the balance right.”
In response to a question by Cllr Carey at the last area committe meeting, a Fingal official explained:
“Following the most recent necessary vegetation removal, a second more detailed investigation of the structures will be carried during summer 2022. This detailed inspection will inform the Council of the extent of conservation works required. Prior to any works commencing an access
route from the upper section of the park near Brookdale Green will be developed during summer 2022. This will be used to provide maintenance
access to the Brick Arch. This access path will then be amalgamated into the future path network within the park.”