Tuesday 21 November 2017

Project has 'fantastic potential' to regenerate neglected area

John Manning

REACTING to the news that the council is embarking on developing a masterplan for a 'cultural quarter' around Swords Castle, a local councillor said he was 'beginning to get excited again' about what has been a neglected part of the town.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said he was excited about the council's new project and said that he had always argued that Swords was 'incredibly lucky' to have the rich heritage and amenities that it has and they needed to be better exploited.

To have all those elements linked up would have 'fantastic potential' according to Cllr Butler, who has been arguing for development of that area of Swords for some time.

He said: 'We have facilities that any other town in Ireland would love to have and all we need to do is just put them together.'

Cllr Justin Sinnott (NP) said it was 'fantastic' to see a plan like this being put in place and suggested that Swords Castle could be better used by local businesses to promote themselves with craft and food fairs and other functions.

Cllr Duncan Smith (Lab) said he was also proud of everything Swords had to offer and the spectacular fireworks display at the recent Brian Boru festival with Swords Castle as a background, showed the potential of the area.

Cllr David O'Connor (NP) joked that he saw plans unveiled for that area of Swords a long time ago and was told at the time it would be 2025 before they were realised - he said, in that context 'we are reasonably on target'.

Cllr Paul Mulville (NP) also welcomed the new initiative and had a motion down at the same meeting about the future of Swords Castle and its surrounding area.

Cllr Joe Newman (NP) said he was 'fully supportive' of the project. He said that area of Swords was in a 'very bad state' and needed to be revived.

He said the plan would take a number of years to realise, but in the meantime, businesses needed to be encouraged to move into that part of town and bring new life into the street.

Fingal Independent

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