Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

Plans for a new 130-bed nurs­ing home were an­nounced at a pub­lic meet­ing held last week as part of Rath­drum’s bid to win an En­ter­pris­ing Town Award.

Rath­drum has been cho­sen to rep­re­sent County Wick­low in the Small (less than 2,000) pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory of the Bank of Ire­land Na­tional En­ter­pris­ing Town Awards 2019. Seventy-five en­tries from 31 ar­eas are all vy­ing for the ti­tle of Ire­land’s Most En­ter­pris­ing Town.

Tues­day’s pub­lic meet­ing took place in Ja­cob’s Well and fo­cused on the re­gen­er­a­tion of Rath­drum.

Si­mon Webb of Mayo County Coun­cil was a guest speaker and spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ence of re­gen­er­a­tion with West­port in his role as an ar­chi­tect. Other speak­ers in­cluded John Webb O’Rourke of Zest Health Care and Deb­o­rah Me­gan of Coillte.

Guests heard that work on Rath­drum’s €3 mil­lion Pri­mary Care Cen­tre is due to kick off in the com­ing weeks and it was also an­nounced that a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will soon be lodged seek­ing per­mis­sion to con­struct a 130-bed nurs­ing home on the same site, cost­ing in the re­gion of €10 mil­lion.

Ms Me­gan dis­cussed the €8 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Avon­dale House and For­est Park to turn it into a state-of-the-art vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion.

‘The an­nounce­ment of the nurs­ing home plans was great news,’ said Cllr Pat Kennedy. ‘Mar­ket Square has been derelict for the past ten years but things are now com­ing into shape. There are lots of ex­cit­ing ven­tures lined up for Rath­drum. The town should be well set for the visit of the judges on Septem­ber 30.’

Deb­o­rah Meghan from Coillte, Cllr Pat Kennedy and guest speaker Si­mon Wall, Se­nior Ar­chi­tect at Mayo County Coun­cil. Fion­nu­ala Cullen and Christina McCoy. Win­nie Han­lon and Ash­ling Cullen.

Me­abh Lit­ton, Clara Law­less, Ser­ena Devlin and Karen Kennedy at the Rath­drum En­ter­prise Town event in Ja­cob’s Well.

Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald and Colm Lav­ery, Dis­trict Man­ager for Ark­low.

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