A new town park, rediscovering the historic functions of Roscrea’s Market Square and breathing new life into the streets around Roscrea Town Centre are just some of the many great objectives documented in the much anticipated Roscrea draft enhancement plan. The Chairman of the “Roscrea Enhancement Plan”, Brian King has encouraged the people of Roscrea to familiarise themselves with the draft enhancement plan for the town at their earliest convenience. The plan is on public display in the window of the former “Mullally Menswear” shop in Roscrea. The plan is also available for download at the following websites www.tipperarynorth.ie or www.paulhogarth.com.
Brian King said that the plan is about the future of Roscrea. He thanked all the individuals, groups, committees and organisations that attended meetings, sent emails and made phone calls over the past year which has helped bring the plan to this stage. The Chairman stated that after months of hard work the draft plan has reached public consultation stage. Due to strict timeframes the public consultation stage will last until Monday the 19th of November. It will be vital that any suggestions or proposed recommendations as regards changes to the plan be forwarded to the consultants before that date. Details available at the websites mentioned above. Alternatively the consultants and members of the committee will be in Roscrea on Wednesday the 14th of November to gather feedback. In this regard the Chairman thanked Michael Breen on behalf of the Enhancement Group for the use of his premises.
The plan has a clear vision statement which aims to re-establish Roscrea’s historical significance as an important market and shopping town that capitalises on its rich heritage asset base. The plan envisages the community Working together, and utilising its extensive skillbase to ensure that the town becomes a strong and welcoming tourist destination and one which boasts a safe and vibrant town centre in which to live, visit, socialise and conduct business.
Market Square and Main Street is a key area of the town identified in the plan for a major redevelopment. The plan envisages Market Square as the central civic space in the town. This would involve a ‘shared space’ to create a pedestrian friendly environment and would breathe new life into what was in years past the beating heart of Roscrea. Integrating Grove Street with the town plaza is another objective of the plan as is proposals for a major redevelopment of Castle Street which for many visitors is their first real taste of what Roscrea hast to offer. The consultants see a great opportunity to develop a town park off Gantly Road and see lots of opportunities for Rosemount, Limerick Street, Rosemary Street and all the other key areas around the town.
The plan also calls for a traffic circulation study of Roscrea the findings of which could be very important particularly as the plan looks at the Mall as an area of great potential in Roscrea. In addition the plan calls for a new signage strategy to be put in place in addition to a strategy aimed at derelict and vacant properties. Raising awareness of Roscrea’s heritage and cultural assets is a major aim of the plan as is promoting Roscrea and using good quality lighting, street planting and developing street surfaces. Using existing amenities such as the Moneen River and connecting open and green areas of the town through planned laneways that promote a diverse alternative to Main street and castle Street are key components of the plan. The future of Roscrea in in your hands. Make sure you have your say by familiarising yourself with the plan and giving your feedback as soon as possible.