Public realm strategy for Edenderry town centre

A public realm strategy is to be carried out in Edenderry Town Centre following a number of submissions on the draft Edenderry Local Area Plan.

A public realm strategy is to be carried out in Edenderry Town Centre following a number of submissions on the draft Edenderry Local Area Plan.

Three submissions were received in relation to paving in the town centre and the works that were completed in the town in 2008.

Each submission raised and demonstrated a number of issues that have arisen as a result of the revised paving scheme.

Much of the objection to the scheme is based around the colour and texture of the palette of materials used. The impact of the scheme especially its colour on the setting of the many protected structures on JKL Street was also raised.

In his response County Manager Pat Gallagher said the most appropriate way to deal with the concerns raised would not be through the Edenderry Local Area Plan but through a public realm strategy for the town centre, similar to one already in place in Birr.

“A Public Realm Strategy will include items such as areas in need of attention, an agreed palette of materials and design of street furniture that should be used when implementing any future improvement scheme in the town centre, it may also look at specific achievable projects that may be carried out in the town centre in the future when funding becomes available,” outlined Mr Gallagher in his response.

Inland Fisheries Ireland expressed concern over planning permissions being granted before a new expanded treatment plant is in place.

Mr Gallagher said that no development shall be permitted within the development boundary without the requisite sewage treatment capacity and water supply already in place.

Another submission from the Inland Waterways Association also requested that the promotion of the canal based in the town be promoted as a tourism route.

Mr Gallagher in his response said that a paragraph had now been amended in the plan which included the words “tourist facility” and “boating” in relation to the canal.

“It is council policy to recognise and promote the use and value of the Edenderry Branch of the Grand Canal to the town as a boating corridor, tourism route and amenity area for the residents of Edenderry town,” remarked Mr Gallagher.

The report also noted the amount of undeveloped land zoned for residential purposes in the county is 1,200 hectares and the allocated amount of residential land zoned for the county is 336 hectares up to 2016. The excess amount of residential housing zoned land has toe be addressed through a range of measures including the phasing of land, amending the zoning objective or removing the zoning objective.