Members of the local community are being invited to participate in the development of a Town Enhancement and Mobility Plan for Killaloe-Ballina.
Clare County Council and Tipperary County Council have commenced the preparation of the Plan, which will facilitate a coordinated approach to public realm enhancements within Killaloe and Ballina, providing a clear vision for Killaloe and Ballina as linked settlements.
The Killaloe-Ballina Town Enhancement and Mobility Plan is a non-statutory plan that is being prepared on behalf of both Clare County Council and Tipperary County Council to seek a coherent guidance document to stimulate the sustainable development and improved public realm for both Killaloe and Ballina.
The Plan will deal with a number of topics, which include transport and mobility, place making and public realm, street furniture design, tourism strategy, blue-green infrastructure strategy, and development proposals for identified ‘opportunity sites’.
Specific measures, designs and schemes will promote the towns’ complementarity, and create an overall focus on their joint strengths and opportunities in terms of functionality, aesthetics and the changing transport profile of the town as a result of the new Shannon crossing.
Clare and Tipperary County Councils have assembled a multi-disciplinary team comprising town planners, transport engineers, landscape architects, conservation architects, tourism specialists and ecologists and now invite members of the public to participate in the development of the overall vision. They are seeking initial feedback and comments from statutory consultees as well as local residents, traders, business owners, shopkeepers, anglers, recreation enthusiasts, visitors and everyone else who has an interest in preserving and enhancing the fabric of Killaloe and Ballina.
Welcoming the commencement of the public consultation process, Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District (MD), Cllr Seamus Morris, said that obtaining input from members of the public at the early stages of the process is important and will help to determine the final outcome of the Plan.
“This Town Enhancement and Mobility Plan will sustain and enrich co-operation between the towns of Killaloe and Ballina into the future. Public participation is a key element of this project, and I encourage members of the local community to share their opinions so that their thoughts, visions and aspirations can be incorporated into the Plan,” Cllr Morris said.
Marcus O’Connor, Director of Service and Area Manager, Nenagh MD, Tipperary County Council, said: “The overarching aim of the Plan is to suit and serve all who travel through and use spaces within the town centres, and address the issue of how the towns will function once the new Shannon crossing and Killaloe bypass is operational.
“We are inviting submissions from the public to identify priorities and help to shape the future development of the towns, which are so rich in cultural, built and industrial heritage.”
An Issues Booklet has been produced to help inform submissions and is available on the Tipperary County Council website at: https://www.tipperarycoco.ie/news/killaloe-ballina-town-enhancement-and-...
The Booklet is also available at the following locations:
• Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 A099
• Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 N512
• Clare County Council, Economic Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae and Chláir, New Road, Ennis, V95 DXP2
• Killaloe Municipal District Office, Mountshannon Court, Ballyminoge, Scarriff, Co. Clare, V94 NY33
• Killaloe Public Library, The Lock House, Killaloe, Co. Clare, V94 ED83
Submissions or observations with respect to the Killaloe-Ballina Town Enhancement and Mobility Plan should be made by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com identifying “Killaloe Ballina Town Enhancement Plan” in the subject line.
Submissions may also be made in writing to:
• Killaloe Ballina Town Enhancement Plan, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 A099; or
• Killaloe Ballina Town Enhancement Plan, Tipperary County Council, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, E91 N512.
• Killaloe Ballina Town Enhancement Plan, Economic Development Directorate, Clare County Council, Áras Contae and Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 DX92;
Submissions or observations must be made in writing no later than 5.00pm on Monday, 7th September, 2020. Please note that submissions or observations received are subject to meeting requirements under relevant data protection legislation. All submissions/observations will be subject to Freedom of Information legislation.