Roscrea Enhancement Plan Set To Launch a Series Of New Initiatives
The Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Plan, Brian King announced a number of new initiatives that the plan will be focusing upon in the immediate future.
On Friday next the promotions sub committee of the plan will launch the “Roscrea & District Events Guide”. The full colour brochure outlines a number of exciting events that will take place in Roscrea and it’s neighboring parish between now and year end. It is the first time that Roscrea has had a marketing promotion of this type and it is envisaged that it will be a great success. The Chairman, thanked sub committee members Dick Conroy and Michael Smith in particular for their invaluable help and he thanked Joe McGrath and the County Council for their financial support. The Chairman said that he hoped people enjoy and support the events listed in the guide and he encouraged all local groups to contact him as early as possible with dates and details of events for 2015 as the group have every intention of launching an even more comprehensive guide early next year.
In other news the Chairman said he was grateful to the Council for once again supporting a Roscrea Painting Scheme. Full details for the 2014 painting scheme will be announced in the next week. Brian King encouraged as many people as possible to capitalise on the grant aid that will be available and help build upon the success of last year’s scheme.
Brian King also announced that at a recent meeting with the County Manager, Joe McGrath he highlighted some elements of the Enhancement Plan that would make a significant difference to Roscrea and make our town far more attractive for both the local community and visitors to the town. In this regard Brian King has asked the Council to support plans for making the Mall a one way system. Apart from lending itself to been an ideal street to establish a river walk with ample seating, Brian King said that a number of people have approached him from the area and made submissions to him supporting making the Mall one-way on health and safety grounds never mind the other benefits such as the opportunity for wider footpaths and seating etc. overlooking the river. Brian King said the Enhancement Committee was also looking for support to help develop some walking projects in the area. One in particular is continuing the footpath from the Dublin road by-pass bridge to the golf club, while Roscrea Lions Club is also helping the Enhancement Committee by investigating the possibility of establishing a walking route between Roscrea and the monastery.
In conclusion Brian King said that the Enhancement Committee still hadn’t lost sight of some of the bigger projects such as putting a plan in place to develop market square and rid the town of the unsightly overhead wiring that is the scourge of many town centers that are trying to reestablish themselves. Brian King said that he also hoped that the Enhancement Committee would support the local Chamber Of Commerce who are preparing a submission to the OPW to help increase visitor numbers to the town. On that note the Chairman said that the Enhancement Committee in association with Leader and Failte Ireland would be soon launching another great initiative which will be a brochure with a map of the town, highlighting all the key sites and a number of suggested driving routes within approximately 40k of Roscrea that will help encourage visitors to stay in Roscrea for a number of days and make our town their base as they explore the wonderful offerings that Roscrea and the midlands has to offer.