Killenard sets a course for the future and all are welcome to join the voyage

Public meeting to discuss draft plan for future

Conor Ganly

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Busy community in Killenard.

Work is undeway on the development of a plan for a Laois village that grew rapidly during the Celtic Tiger.

A public meeting is to take place this week to discuss the drawing up of a sustainable community development plan for Killenard .

Laois Partnership is supporting the preparation of the plan which it is hoped will be completed within the next month.

GVA consultants are preparing the plan. Brian Maher from Abbeyleix, works for the company and is the lead planner. He was part of the team that drew up a public realm plan for Portlaoise.

The population of Killenard has grown rapidly in recent years with the building of hundreds of houses in the same period as the Heritage Hotel and Golf Resort opened.

Michael Cobbe is involved in organising the event. He urged as many people as possible to come along to come along.

“It is not an old area anymore. It is a new area with new people and new families,” he said.

Mr Cobbe said the meeting presents an opportunity for some of the new residents to plan for the future and get to know their neighbours.

He said the plan will help push projects through and would run for a number of years.

There was delight in Killenard last October with news that the village was to get nearly €60,000 under the Town and Village Renewal scheme.

The funding was earmarked for the overhaul of a car park in the middle of the village.

The meeting will be held in the Community Centre on Wednesday, January 24 at 8pm.