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Open meeting to draw up a roadmap for Clonakilty town

Monday, 6th May, 2019 1:10pm

Story by Kieran O'Mahony
Open meeting to draw up a  roadmap for Clonakilty town

Norman Crowley of Crowley Carbon who is one of the best Clonakilty success stories in the business world and he is also passionate about sustainability.

ORGANISERS of an event in Clonakilty are hoping to set out a roadmap for the development of the town ahead of the completion of the current flood relief and traffic works.

Taking place on Monday May 6th at 7pm at Fernhill House Hotel  it is envisaged that  ‘Roadmap for Clonakilty’ will be a ‘brainstorming event’ to plan a roadmap for the future of the town.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, who will be hosting the event along with new Chamber of Commerce chairperson Orla O’Donovan, said it is open to everyone.

‘We want people to see beyond the flood relief works and road works in the town so that when the machines are gone and the roads are re-opened we will have a plan in place to capitalise on this,’ said Cllr O’Sullivan.

‘Also, because Clonakilty has no longer got a town council we feel the Chamber and other community groups need to put together a plan and show direction.’

He said they are really excited about the inspirational speakers coming on board for this event.

‘We are delighted to have Norman Crowley of Crowley Carbon who is one of the best Clonakilty success stories in the business world and he is also passionate about sustainability. We also have Xavier Dubuisson, who is a former chair of Sustainable Clonakilty and Ian Dempsey, a development consultant who works with community groups nationwide in getting funding for different projects.’

According to Cllr O’Sullivan, they will focus on two or three projects that they want to develop.

‘We will look at getting a new completely refurbished playground which is badly needed, pushing the idea of a greenway between Clonakilty and Inchydoney and the re-development of the old Linen Hall as a performance space.’

The event is open to all members of the public and organisers want to get feedback from people about what direction they should take and from this input they hope to put a 10-year development plan in place.