Sligo County Council’s plans for the regeneration of Tubbercurry town centre are not about “pedestrianisation” but are an overall town regeneration and includes an area wider than the Square in Tubbercurry.
And the Council have already held a public consultation with the public and further consultation will be held as “the project advances”.
In a response to a query from The Sligo Champion, a statement from the Council said: “Please note this project proposal for Tubbercurry is not about “pedestrianisation” but rather an overall town regeneration and includes an area wider than “The Square” in Tubbercurry”.
The statement added: “Sligo County Council, following an award of funding of E220,000 from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund, engaged in a first round of public consultation on 29th, 30th of June in relation to the regeneration of Tubbercurry town centre.
“Input from members of the public were sought in guiding the formulation of regeneration proposals for the town.
“Submissions were invited form participating attendees at public consultation on June 29 and 30.
“Further opportunities for input from the public were available via on-line platform up to July 18. Further consultation will be programmed and will be advertised as the project advances”.
With regard to plan outlines or illustrations, the statementoutlined: “No definitive illustrations or plan outlines are available yet at this early stage of the process.
“They are currently being developed and will form part of the next stage of public consultation”.
Meanwhile, in an addition to this statement, Sligo County Council said the sum of money granted was “the approved funding was secured in 2020, this figure will be subject to interim cost and inflationary pressures which may impact on deliverables.” The Council said: “some of the information contained in the report from July 2020 would still be relevant. The substance of the document informed the initial application and reflected outline concepts at the time which were to be informed by future discussion.
“The extent and range of the project outcomes will probably differ as they will be shaped and informed by public consultation discussions and stakeholder engagement.
“The RRDF Project for Tubbercurry is aimed at regenerating the town centre to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of this important market town.
“The proposed intervention is focused on Wolfe Tone Square, the town’s underutilised centrepiece, and is aimed at providing a safe, high quality, pedestrian focused town core.
“The project is aimed at completing the project development phase inclusive of the initial design and planning stages such that the project will be shovel ready.
Specific outputs identified for the project, are as follows:
Transformed town centre/ Wolf Tone Square public realm to include the provision of: Wider footpaths/pedestrian spaces; Reduced carriage widths and relocation of car parking spaces to back areas; Safer pedestrian crossings and improved disability access; General streetscape enhancements; New Tubbercurry Tourist Information Office/ community facility by redeveloping the highly visible “Mary Jacks” site on the Square/Teeling Street/ Swifts’ Lane junction with provision for multi-purpose community spaces, e.g. exhibition areas, etc; SMART town centre with publicly accessible “smart benches”, e.g. information points with Wi-Fi, USB charging points, improved lighting, etc., reinforcing Tubbercurry’s designation as a” Smart Community; Enhanced town park with new facilities to include: Paved pathway with lighting; Sensory Garden;Fencing, landscaping, and related works to integrate/link to the playground and town centre; Improvements to St. Brigid’s Hall community facility to facilitate community and event use; New entrance front with improved building access; Updated IT infrastructure and connectivity;Improved pedestrian linkages with the Square and adjoining areas; New car parking facilities in back areas close to and accessible from the town centre, to replace those relocated from the Square area.