Plans to ensure the future of Mohill

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Plans to ensure the future of Mohill

Mohill’s planning process will look at all aspects of local life.

“Mohill’s been here for 1,500 years and a key step in ensuring we’re also here for the next 1,500 years starts now.”
That’s how Colm Reynolds introduced the launch of a local planning process in Mohill that will produce an economic development plan for the town and also take forward a pioneering energy strategy for this important place.
Mohill started life as a monastic settlement around the year 500 and is now a long-established business, service, residential, educational and social hub for much of South Leitrim. But like many of Ireland’s rural towns it’s facing ongoing economic and social challenges.
“Our town is a vibrant place and is home to a good community” Colm continued, “but recessions, the ‘pull of the cities’ and new ways of shopping and working impact heavily on towns like Mohill.
“We need to keep providing jobs, houses, community activities and development opportunities for our people. That’s what our Plan for Mohill will be aiming to achieve. Very importantly, this is not just for people who live in the town itself. We want to involve all those local rural people who see Mohill as ‘our town’.”
Mohill’s planning process will look at all aspects of local life and will include community planning workshops, focus group meetings and a community-wide survey that will be available on the internet and through local outlets.
The planning process will also dovetail with the development of an exciting new energy strategy for Mohill and will have the shared ambition of developing a ‘Smart Green Mohill’.
The first two planning workshops are lined up for
Tuesday, May 15:
Canon Donohoe Hall, Mohill - 8.30pm
Wednesday, May 23:
Canon Donohoe Hall, Mohill - 8.30pm
Other dates will follow later.
“The workshops will be short, sharp and well-structured,” Colm explained.
“They’re about getting people’s thoughts and suggestions, not about ‘talking at’ people. We’re confident our people here will rise to the challenge and the opportunity,” he said.