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Community in Cromane gather to form roadmap to develop the region

Minister Brendan Griffin with local organisations, council members and members of the local community in Cromane who helped with the new plan. Photo by Sinead Kelleher
Minister Brendan Griffin with local organisations, council members and members of the local community in Cromane who helped with the new plan. Photo by Sinead Kelleher

Sinead Kelleher

The development of a pier in Cromane has emerged as one of the key strategies to help regenerate the area in a new socio-economic plan which was launched last week as 'a clear roadmap for development of the region'. 

A site has been identified on the north-east of the Cromane peninsula for the development of a pier but, despite years of campaigning, no progress has been made on this vital project. 

Broadband, planning permission and a new sewerage scheme are also high on the list of priorities, identified by the local community, for the region in the new plan. 

Cromane Community Council's Socio-Economic Development Plan 2018 -2022 is one of the first of its kind in the country and was drawn up in consultation with the local community and was facilitated by Paul O'Raw of O'Raw Consultants and Dr Brendan O'Keeffe of the Institute of Action Research. It was funded by Flag funding. Local bodies also supported the development of the plan which took more than a year to complete. 

The plan was officially launched at Jack's Coastguard Restaurant in Cromane last Friday by Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin, who said that the plan "is a fantastic blueprint to drive forward between here and 2022".

Chairman of socio-economic planning group, Liam Hayes, said that now that the plan is in place the next step is to implement it. 

"This is a real reflection of the wants and needs of the people of Cromane. This plan represents a new chapter in Cromane's history, It sets out a clear roadmap for development with specific targets and time-frames."

The construction of a pier is one of the highest priorities for Cromane according to the plan and it is hoped that the local community and the fishing industry can work together to achieve this goal. 

Other plans include the development of the lake, including kayaking and walking facilities, safe cycling and walking routes, and a water sports pier.

History and cultural plans are also included and the development of community facilities including funding to undertake a study to identify the gaps in community facilities in the area.

Key projects highlighted in plan:

  • The construction of a pier
  • Sewerage scheme
  • Feasibility study for a Marina
  • Repair embankments, install rock armour
  • Feasibility study for the development of a community managed camper caravan park
  • Development possibilities for the old boat house
  • Develop a series of walk-ways and cycling routes
  • Establish a housing forum and address unoccupied dwellings
  • Build footpath from the school to the village centre and develop car park at the school

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