A local community’s plan to convert a derelict site into a People’s Park is set to become a reality after Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, sanctioned the Leitrim Development Company to approve funding of up to €184,186 towards the first phase of the project.
The funding will be used to secure the site and begin the hard landscaping of the park, led by the newly formed limited company, Drumshanbo Town Enhancements.
It is hoped that work will begin on the site in a few months after final approval by the Boards of the Leitrim Development Company.
The project has been a number of years in the planning. Nearly two years ago the Pride in Drumshanbo Group discussed the possibility of turning the derelict site into an amenity are. The group approached the owner Helen Glennon and she gave her support. Following this a consultation process began and Murray & Associates won the tender to produce a Feasibility Report on the project. A tender exercise was carried out to identify a civil engineer/ project manager for the project with CST Sligo set to be appointed subject to the funding application being approved.
During his visit to Drumshanbo last Friday, Minister Hogan sanctioned Leitrim Development Company to approve funding to Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd, a newly formed company made up of representatives from major local interest groups who will be leading the project.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said: “This project demonstrates the culmination of a number of years work by the community in Drumshanbo and its environs and is an excellent example of what communities can achieve even in difficult economic circumstances. This also represents an innovative way to address the issue of derelict sites in a town centre where the solution provides support for the local community and the continued development of the town into the future.”
Chairperson of Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd, Steve Stead paid tribute to everyone involved especially Helen Glennon and her team, the members of the Pride in Drumshanbo group who helped get the project off the ground in particular Secretary, Karen McManus and Eamon McGrenahan.
He also thanked the directors of the newly formed Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd for their ongoing commitment and support.