Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

MORE THAN 80 peo­ple gath­ered at the Stella Maris Cen­tre in Kil­more Quay re­cently for the launch of a con­sul­ta­tion process that will feed into a lo­cal area de­vel­op­ment plan for the area.

Mem­bers of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, tourism and her­itage op­er­a­tors, and lo­cal res­i­dents min­gled at the open dis­cus­sion and work­shop where var­i­ous is­sues were raised with three con­sul­tants tasked with draw­ing up the plan.

Mayor of Wex­ford and lo­cal coun­cil­lor Jim Moore said that the con­sul­ta­tion would be a six-month process and they ex­pected a draft re­port by March.

‘This plan is look­ing at eco­nomic, so­cial and in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment for the next five years so we’re fo­cused on busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, so­cial is­sues such as hous­ing, as well as the de­vel­op­ment of the tourism and her­itage sec­tors.’

The con­sul­tants would, he said, be meet­ing with stake­hold­ers in var­i­ous sec­tors in the New Year, as well as car­ry­ing out house­hold sur­veys.

‘The re­sult will be an in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment plan with in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers such as Wex­ford Co. Coun­cil, Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment, Pobal and Bord Ias­caigh Mhara, amongst oth­ers.’

Tony En­nis, con­sul­tant; Cllr Jim Moore, Tom En­right, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Wex­ford County Coun­cil; Dr Yvonne Byrne, con­sul­tant; Dr Ro­nan O’Fla­herty, con­sul­tant; and Garda Ol­lie Daly

Laura McG­lynn, Betty Caulfield and Mary Shan­non.

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