Workshop for Laois community to contribute to 'shared vision' development plan

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter

Workshop for Laois community to contribute to 'shared vision' development plan

Ballybrittas, Co Laois

A plan is being prepared across multiple community groups and a workshop will take place this week to develop the rural Rath-Ballybrittas parish area in Laois.

The plan is used to identify projects which the community would like to develop, to specify at an outline level what these should entail, and to identify possible sources of funding for each. 

Laois Partnership has awarded a grant for the preparation of a Community Plan for the Rath-Ballybrittas parish area under the LEADER Rural Development Scheme. 

Local architect Richard McLoughlin is preparing the plan in consultation with community groups and the people of the area. 

Similar plans have been prepared by other areas around the county as a ‘shared vision’ for the improvement of their facilities.

A particular focus is to develop ideas at a higher level of detail for the Rath Community Centre, to form a later application for capital funding from Laois Partnership. 

The plan will enable the community to make funding applications to organisations such as Laois Partnership, Laois County Council, the Heritage Council, Waterways Ireland, Coillte, Sports Capital, or any other funding body. 

Projects might relate to areas such as the village of Ballybrittas, amenities like the Rathdaire lake, Derries Wood, Grand Canal, or Ballyadden graveyard, or enhancement of historic focal points such as Rath, Sallyford, Fisherstown, Jamestown or Courtwood. 

A workshop is being held to give people in the area an opportunity to put forward ideas, to identify facilities that are needed, to suggest enhancements, and to discuss these with Richard and his team.

The workshop takes place at Rath National School on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 pm and all are welcome to attend.

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