The new roadmap for the development of Ennis and Clarecastle over the coming years is the subject of two separate public consultations taking place over the coming days.
Clare County Council last week published the Draft Ennis and Environs Local Area Plan 2015-2021, which guides the development of the Clare County Capital and its environs in terms of economic development, recreational and community requirements, as well as residential, retail, transport and infrastructural needs.
Council planning officials will be present at Dunne’s Stores Mall until this Saturday (midday-2.30pm and 4pm-6pm Thu/Fri, 11am-5 p.m. on Saturday) to speak with members of the public about the Draft Plan. A tea-time public consultation event will also take place at the Old National School Building in Clarecastle this coming Monday from 4.30pm to 8pm.
The Council says it is also inviting young people to attend the consultations as part of its promotion of a competition for budding young town planners.
The contest features prizes for Primary and Post Primary students attending a school in Clare who produce the most innovative new idea for the future development of Ennis or impress adjudicators with a development proposal for an existing aspect of the plan. Entries can be submitted by individual students or groups of students, while the closing date is February 27th. Further details are available on wwwclarecoco.ie/planning or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key features of the Draft Plan include public realm improvements to O’Connell Square and the town centre, the promotion of the retail sector, the zoning of 110 hectares of land for residential purposes, the development of new local tourism and recreation amenities, the identification of sites for neighbourhood shopping facilities, and the advancement of numerous infrastructure projects such as a new footbridge across the River Fergus.
“It is vitally important that all sectors of the local community take the opportunity to review this Draft Plan and have their say on the future economic and social development of Ennis,” said Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Johnny Flynn. He continued: “It is the intention of my Council colleagues and I to support the Council in growing Ennis and its environs in a well-planned and sustainable way, providing a good quality of life for those who reside and work in the town and an enjoyable experience for those visiting it.”
Community groups, individuals and stakeholders are encouraged to make written submissions or observations in respect of the Draft Plan which is publicly available to view between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (up to Friday 6th March) at Áras Contae an Chláir; De Valera Library, as well as all public libraries and Municipal District Offices throughout Clare. The Draft Plan is also available on the Council’s website at www.clarecoco.ie.