Launch of Roscrea Community Action Plan
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The Community Action Plan for Roscrea was launched recently at Racket Hall by Minister Alan Kelly
The Community Action Plan for Roscrea was launched recently at Racket Hall by Minister Alan Kelly. At the launch Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council stated that Roscrea has been prioritised in the County Tipperary Local Economic and Community Plan as being in need of an interagency focus to develop a broad community based, realistic plan that can meet the needs of its residents and businesses.
Derek Russell RSU, Minister Alan Kelly, Michael Madden Chamber Commerce
Cllr Seamus Hanafin Chairperson of Tipperary County Council welcomed the launch of this important plan for Roscrea and noted that the County Council had taken the lead in supporting the development of this plan and committed to its implementation on behalf of the Local Authority. North Tipperary LEADER Partnership was commissioned by Tipperary County Council to develop this plan with the key agencies, communities groups and businesses in Roscrea.
Minister Kelly thanked all the community groups, agencies and fellow Public representatives in attendance that had fed into this plan. He also thanked Trisha Purcell of NTLP for the great work bringing together all sectors of the community to create an ambitious yet achievable plan. The Minister welcomed the launch of this detailed and comprehensive plan which will be the blueprint for the development of Roscrea for the next three to five years.
John Ryan, Mary Ryan, Minister Alan Kelly, Mary Lyons, Michael Shanahan
The Minister also took the opportunity to announce a number of opportunities for Roscre including a new Youth Development Officer, a volunteer development coordinator and funding for a feasibility study for Roscrea Business and Innovation Park at Benamore.
The plan was developed over the last six months and identifies key actions in the business, social, community and environmental areas. Some of the actions that are currently being progressed are the provision of a Community House in the Gleann Glas estate. This house can provide an accessible and convenient facilities for residents in that area to access key services and opportunities such as youth activities, education and training as well as a meeting space and administration support.
With regards to Enterprise Development Minister Kelly welcomed the purchase by Tipperary County Council of lands at Benamore Industrial Park which is a fully serviced 26 acre site ready to be developed as the ‘Roscrea Business and Innovation Park’. He said the site is regarded as an ideal location for an enterprise centre. The future development of these lands for industrial and commercial activity should bring social and economic benefits to the town and the site will be marketed and promoted for inward investment.
Clodagh Mc Donnell, Trisha Purcell NTLP, Jackie Cahill Clr, Chief Super Catherine Keogh, Clr Seamus Hanafin Chairman T CC, Minister Alan Kelly, Noel Coonan TD, John Hogan Clr Sinead Carr TCC.
Minister Kelly stressed that Roscrea is a great town to live in, it has great assets including built heritage, natural history, a great ethos of volunteering, a vibrant and active community. He said it is a community that is always ready to help themselves and with resources and supports, the priorities in this plan can be delivered and sustained. Minister Kelly iterated that Roscrea now has a unique opportunity to make it an even better town to the benefit of all the residents and businesses. He wished to acknowledge the very significant effort of all of the various groups and individuals who have contributed to this plan.