Tullamore Arts Centre enters into planning phase

A PUBLIC notice has been issued to advertise the fact that Tullamore Town Council proposes to carry out development of Tullamore Community Arts Centre at Kilbride Park and O’Connell Street.

A PUBLIC notice has been issued to advertise the fact that Tullamore Town Council proposes to carry out development of Tullamore Community Arts Centre at Kilbride Park and O’Connell Street.

The development, which consists of the construction of a new 1975 sq metre Community Arts Centre building, includes a 250 seater theatre with reversible stage, back stage storage, a gallery with workshop and storage, a café with kitchen, three arts rooms, administrative offices, reception area, toilets, plant room, control room and ancillary circulation and other sundry spaces.

The proposal also includes the incorporation of hard and soft landscaping, the removal of some trees, car parking, bus set down and loading zones, the relocation of the bottle bank facility and existing parking meters.

Chairman of Tullamore Community Arts Centre, Desmond Doyle stated; “It has taken quite a while to get to this point and we appreciate people’s patience. Much time has been spent on ensuring that the public realm aspect of this development is well considered, including the sympathetic treatment of the access needed by the Offaly Historical and Archeological Society and of the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. We were aware that developing the arts centre on this space would require some careful deliberation and consultation, and we are now entering a new phase of the development which we know is much anticipated. We also know that almost 4,000 Tullamore people took part in the recent fundraising draw, between syndicates and shared tickets, so we are determined to strive towards the best possible outcome in this development for the people of Tullamore.”

Speaking of the planning notice, Cllr Laurence Byrne, Chairman of Tullamore Town Council said, “This development has been on the cards for many years, we are delighted to be in a position to progress it, despite the current climate. Together with the new library opening shortly, this investment into the community revitalization of Tullamore town centre and is much needed.”

For a period of six weeks, beginning on Wednesday, August 1, plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during office hours at the offices of Tullamore Town Council, Town Hall, Cormac Street, Tullamore.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated must be made in writing before 4pm on Friday, September 28 to Martin Daly, Town Clerk, Tullamore Town Council, Town Hall, Cormac Street, Tullamore.