By Dan Walsh at Riverside Park Hotel
The regeneration of Enniscorthy town centre was central to discussion at a public consultation meeting in the Riverside Park, Enniscorthy, on Wednesday night last, where Wexford County Council and Loci Urban Design Consultants facilitated the meeting where close to one hundred people in attendance were invited to contribute their views on the future of the town.
Speaking at the event, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr. Cathal Byrne said; “The Government has confirmed that there will be funding made available in 2022 for the regeneration of towns across the country. It is vital that a comprehensive and well thought out plan for the town (Enniscorthy) is prepared as part of any application for this funding.
“This public meeting has offered local residents an opportunity to have their say and give feedback directly to Wexford County Council. If anyone has any feedback on what they wish to see in a regeneration plan for Enniscorthy they can still do so through the Council’s website,” concluded Cllr Byrne.
After some short presentations, the meeting moved into workshop mode and the groups were asked to work on questions posed by the Urban Designers. Detailed feedback was presented back to the meeting by representatives of each group.
Diarmuid Houston Senior Planner told WexfordLocal.com; “The meeting was set up so everyone could add to the discussion. I was most impressed with how quickly the attendees got down to work and the fact that they gave so much of their time to help us in this process. We gained a lot of information from the evening, and I want to thank everyone who got involved.”
Conor Norton of Loci said; “It was a hugely productive workshop. We gained many new insights into the critical issues, opportunities and the general way forward for the town centre. The commitment of the community to the future of the town centre was more than apparent in the enthusiasm and contributions on the night.”
The consultation process will be continuing over the next few months. Individual submissions and information updates on the process can be accessed via Wexford County Council’s Web page consult.wexfordcoco.ie