€30m tourism and regeneration plan for Enniscorthy
One of the main focal points in the ambitious €30m tourism plan for Enniscorthy town will be the proposed development of a cable car system between the Turret Rocks area of Templeshannon and Enniscorthy Castle.
In a presentation made to the members of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council last week, the councillors were told that the proposed cable car development would be part of Phase 3 of the overall master plan, will deliver 'a unique, signature experience' and, when complete, will be a primary entrance route to the town from a tourism perspective.
Wexford County Council's Head of Special Projects, Brian Galvin, said that following analysis the main focus of the tourism plan will be the castle, as a follow-on from that, a proposed welcome hub, and then the cable car.
'The concept of the cable car would be a private sector project. However, we have to get the first two phases up-and-running first,' said Mr Galvin.
In a presentation made by Alan Sherwood, of Sherwood & Associates, the members were told that each cable car will have audio interpretation in multiple languages giving visitors an introduction to Enniscorthy and pointing out key landmark sites, including the river Slaney, Enniscorthy Castle and Vinegar Hill.
The members were also told that the cable car experience would cost in the region of €13.1m to develop and would include the development of a car and coach park at Turret Rock, in Templeshannon.
The members broadly welcomed the proposal with many describing it as ambitious, however, the broad consensus of opinion was that there is a need to be forward thinking to maximise the tourism potential of the town.
An application for €15m in funding has already been submitted by the local authority with regard to getting to work on the first two phases of the masterplan and it's expected the local authority will have word back on that by the autumn.