By Dan Walsh
There is an urgency to progress ambitious plans for a new footbridge over the River Slaney linking east and west and bonding an integral part of the proposals for the redevelopment of the Templeshannon area of Enniscorthy.
Last Monday’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council featured a presentation on the Templeshannon Regeneration Scheme and it emerged that an application for funding the €15 million project has been confirmed.
Cllr Aidan Browne sought an update on the Templeshannon project and in reply it emerged that some of the old buildings will be removed and there are proposals to develop three urban blocks within Templeshannon for re-development to facilitate new commercial and economic development opportunities in the area.
Plans include a major public realm investment to improve accessibility and to make the area attractive to shoppers and visitors and the construction of a new pedestrian bridge to increase connectivity between Templeshannon and the Slaney Street area.
Cllr Cathal Byrne enquired if the pedestrian bridge crossing could be implemented immediately? It would bring accessibility to the swimming pool area, but he felt that there are “two sides to the town and both sides deserve to be funded equally.” Cllr Jackser Owens agreed with Cllr Byrne and said people on the Shannon side (of town) are sometimes forgotten. Cllr Owens is also calling for a new pedestrian crossing on Templeshannon Quay near the busy bus stop.