A year-long public review of the 2008 Development Plan for Kilrush, due to expire in 2014, is due to conclude on Tuesday 12th March, which is the deadline for receipt of written submissions or observations.
Mayor of Kilrush, Cllr. Mairead O’Brien is urging members of the public to review the Draft Plan. She continued: “This is the only Plan that deals directly with the future development of Kilrush Town and therefore, it is important that the people of the town have their say in its formulation. Kilrush is at a crossroads in terms of how decisions we make today will have a bearing on the future development of the town in years to come. Everyone has a part to play and this public consultation process is a wonderful opportunity for people to get involved in putting together a new vision for their town.”
Brian McCarthy, Senior Planner, Clare County Council, outlined that all written submissions and observations made to the Planning Authority in relation to the Draft Plan will be taken into consideration before the finalising of the Plan.
He added that the Draft Plan document, which is available for public viewing, contains a wide range of proposals relating to the future development of the town and surrounding areas.
“The Plan includes designs for improvements to the streetscape of Francis Street and Cappa Village, proposals for a playground in Kilrush and designs for the revitalisation of Place de Plouzane following the input of the school children at the consultation stage, and a specific Chapter on Kilrush Town Centre, Retail Development and Tourism. The Plan also includes a chapter on Green Infrastructure chapter linking the assets of Vandeleur Garden and the Marina via a River walk with an emphasis on cycling and walking, a specific chapter on Cappa and proposals to attract Atlantic Way tourism, and high quality mapping and aerial photo graphs. For the first time meanwhile, key opportunity sites in the town have been identified with specific development proposals,” Mr. McCarthy added.
The Draft Kilrush Town and Environs Development Plan 2014 – 2020 is available for public inspection, during normal working hours at Kilrush Town Council, Kilrush Public Library Culturalann Sweeney in Kilkee, De Valera Library, Ennis and Local Study Centre in Ennis, and Áras Contae an Chláir in Ennis. It is also available for viewing and downloading on Kilrush Town Council’s website at www.kilrush.ie.
Community groups, individuals, stakeholders and students are encouraged to make written submissions no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday 12th March, 2013. In making submissions and observations, individuals should state their name, address and, where relevant, the body represented. Submissions or observations should be addressed to: Planning, Economic Development & Enterprise Department, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.
Alternatively, submissions may also be emailed to forwardplan@