Finally, after three years of planning, the unfinished structure at the rear of the main car park in Drumshanbo is no more and work is now ready to start on the long-awaited Riverside Amenity project.
The Pride in Drumshanbo Group (PID) and Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd (DTEL), the company set up to manage the project, are delighted that the contracts have now been signed, the building has been removed, the site cleared, and now signed off by our engineers allowing DTEL to move forward to the next phase of this unique project supported by Leitrim Development Co and Leitrim County Council.
“We have already instructed our consulting engineers, CST Group, Sligo to complete a full site survey this will allow our consulting engineers and landscape architects Murray & Associates, Dublin to understand the topography of the site in greater detail and map out the area based on the agreed design following a feasibility study report produced back in November 2011,” noted a Steve Stead, Chairperson of PID and DTEL.
“The next step will be a for our engineers to put together the necessary information for a Tendering process to appoint a suitable contractor to carry out the construction works for Phase 1.”
Phase 1 of the project will include major landscaping and ground works including footpaths, retaining walls and fencing, staircases and ramps, pedestrian bridge, lighting, planting of trees, plants, flowers with a flat area space with seating. Once complete it will create a new and different amenity in Drumshanbo, one that will enhance the quality of life for the community at large and improve the experience of visitors, tourists and festival-goers.
“It will be an accessible space, open to all and servicing a wide range of community groups and individual preferences, offering reflective and contemplative space, practical spaces and communal spaces for performances, markets or fairs will be encouraged as will wildlife, a place for exercise and for play and will allow people to enjoy the currently hidden millrace river whilst walking between the different areas of the town more safely, separated from traffic,” notes Mr Stead.
“The journey hasn’t been easy, often very frustrating, due to one reason or another though the demolition of the major eyesore has given those involved great satisfaction in seeing it gone , this alone has made a huge difference, the fact that work will start soon to create The Riverside Amenity is very exciting knowing that our voluntary efforts will have a lasting impact on the town.
“Although work has just began, if possible I’d like to thank those involved to date whom without their support wouldn’t be at the stage we are to, including PID & Association, DTEL Board Members, Joe Mooney Summer School Committee, Leitrim Development Company and Leitrim County Council.”