New­town with other vil­lages


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Af­ter tour­ing the vil­lage, the group moved on to look at the site of the pro­posed River­ine Park. Acres of pro­tected ma­ture trees and a me­an­der­ing stream, a listed ru­ined mill house and a pro­tected pe­riod res­i­dence makes up what is known as the ‘Valle Pacis’ since the 1800s. Ac­cord­ing to the last Lo­cal Area De­vel­op­ment Plan the area is zoned town cen­tre and low den­sity hous­ing.

River­ine Park is set to be built among the trees with a walk­way con­nect­ing the trail from Coillte woods all the way to the Kil­coole Road.

At last Thurs­day night’s meet­ing it was rec­om­mended that the site would be bet­ter kept as a park to form a ‘green heart of the vil­lage’.

Mem­bers of the au­di­ence were par­tic­u­larly ea­ger to en­sure that the town would not be over-run by badly planned de­vel­op­ment.

New­town­moun­tkennedy District Fo­rum have al­ready ap­plied through LEADER for fund­ing to cre­ate a lo­cal Town De­sign Plan.

Also high on the agenda was co-oper­a­tion be­tween the vil­lages and towns lo­cated nearby to New­town­moun­tkennedy.

West­port and the sur­round­ing vil­lages ben­e­fited hugely from Ire­land’s first green­way, a highly imag­i­na­tive scheme in­tro­duced by the Depart­ment of Trans­port.

New­town­moun­tkennedy 2050 is sug­gest­ing co-oper­a­tion be­tween New­town, Kil­coole, Round­wood and New­cas­tle to cre­ate a green­way be­tween the vil­lages. The cre­ation of a Sli Slainte would ben­e­fit all users, from lo­cal res­i­dents to tourists and run­ners. It was also sug­gested that the green­way could also pro­vide a mas­sive fi­nan­cial boost to the area.

Brian Carty, Aoghus Wright, Pat Mel­lon, Vanessa Teb­bitt, Huw O’Toole, Si­mon Wall and Anne Gre­gory at the New­town­moun­tkennedy fu­ture plan­ning meet­ing at the Parkview Ho­tel last Thurs­day evening.

Ian Flem­ing, Peter McCor­mack and Grace Garde.

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