Turning of the sod for Drumshanbo project

Pictured at the turning of the sod are DTEL Board Of Directors  (l-r) Fergal McPartland, Nancy Woods, Josephine Rodgers (Treasurer), Steve Stead (Chairman), Karen McManus (Secretary), Eamon McGrenaghan, (Declan Loftus was absent due to his work commitments). The group is pictured at the point where the new pedestrian bridge running over the  Millrace River giving central access to the Park from the main car park will be.
It has taken four and a half years of dedicated campaigning on behalf of the people of Drumshanbo but the DTEL Board of Directors celebrated the turning of the first sod at the site of the Riverside Amenity.

It has taken four and a half years of dedicated campaigning on behalf of the people of Drumshanbo but the DTEL Board of Directors celebrated the turning of the first sod at the site of the Riverside Amenity.

Works at the site started on November 3 and the Board of Directors celebrated with an official turning of the sod ceremony. Phase 1 of the project is set to be completed in February 2015.

The project was originally championed by the Pride In Drumshanbo Group (PID, Tidy Towns) who first recognised the potential of a derelict site in Drumshanbo town centre.

The construction of apartments at the site had fallen victim to the wider economic recession, but PID saw an opportunity to take an eyesore and turn it into an asset which would benefit the whole community.

A feasibility report was published on the project in November 2011 and Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd, a board of volunteers representing various groups within the town, was set up in order to raise and access funding. DTEL secured just over €184,000 through Leitrim Development Company (LDC) to carry out works on Phase 1.

Following this planning was granted and a tendering process was carried out for a suitable engineer/project manager with CST Sligo selected. They in turn carried out the procurement process to select and appoint a suitable contractor, with Deane Public Works Ltd awarded the contract.

Phase 1 involves the proposed redevelopment of the site including the creation of footpaths, retaining walls and fencing, staircases and ramps, the construction of a pedestrian bridge linked to the car park, the creation of a community park and riverside walk linking up different areas of Drumshanbo and a flat area space for recreation, entertainment and Market Stalls.

Chairperson of DTEL and PID, Steve Stead said “As a founder member of PID and elected Chair of DTEL I’d like to congratulate both PID Members and the DTEL Board for their dedicated hard work and commitment in seeing it through to this point. It hasn’t been an easy journey with many hurdles in the way. A tenacious effort by these guys has got us to this point and without whom this exciting community project would never have happened, everyone involved should be extremely proud of themselves.”

He also thanked LDC, Leitrim County Council, CST Group Consulting Engineers, Murray & Associates Landscape Architects, local community groups, particularly The Joe Mooney Summer School Committee, DCC, Drumshanbo Credit Union and Padraig and Paula at Beau Park Law Solicitors – Drumshanbo.