The land and marine-based plan, the first of its type to be developed in Ireland, indentifies a number of strategic sites along the Estuary for future possible development in the areas of industry, tourism, energy, fishing and aquaculture and marine-related industry.
A series of public consultations on the SIFP for the Shannon Estuary took place in Clare, Kerry and Limerick in late January. The Plan will remain on display until this Friday to give the public an opportunity to view the proposals and put forward their opinions to the appointed project consultants, RPS Consulting Engineers.
To coincide with the public consultation process an amateur photography competition is being held, the closing date for which has been extended to Friday, February 22nd, 2013. With two categories, ‘Adult’ and ‘U18’, photographs submitted can feature any aspect of the Estuary, including people, places, biodiversity, work and recreation activities.
On completion in late 2013, it is anticipated that the SIFP will be incorporated, by means of Variation, into the relevant County and City Development Plans in Clare, Limerick and Kerry. Further consultation with the public will take place as part of that statutory Variation process.
Further details on the Draft Plan and Photography Competition may be obtained from www.shannonestuarysifp.ie.