Abbeyfeale meets to plan a new future

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

The Square, Abbeyfeale
RESIDENTS and business people in Abbeyfeale are being canvassed for their views on ways to enhance their town and community. And their suggestions and proposals will be taken on board in the drawing up of a five-year plan for Abbeyfeale.

RESIDENTS and business people in Abbeyfeale are being canvassed for their views on ways to enhance their town and community. And their suggestions and proposals will be taken on board in the drawing up of a five-year plan for Abbeyfeale.

Tom O’Leary and Associates, the Tralee-based consultants, have been commissioned to prepare a draft plan which, it is hoped, will meet with the approval of all the voluntary groups and organisations in the town and will also be welcomed by individual residents. The undertaking is being funded by West Limerick Resources.

The drawing up of the plan involves a public consultation process. Two questionnaires have been prepared, one aimed at residents and the other at businesses and the hope is that there will be a big response rate.

In addition, the consultants will meet with clubs, groups and organisations within the community to ascertain their views.

As part of this public consultation, a public meeting will be held in Fr Caseys GAA club this Thursday evening at 8pm where the consultants will explain the whole process but will also be happy to hear suggestions and comments from the floor. This meeting is open to all comers.

Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns, the Abbeyfeale Gathering Committee and the Abbeyfeale Development Association have been working together up to this point in a bid to get the idea of a five year community enhancement plan off the ground. However, it is hoped that a new umbrella organisation, drawing on a wider number of people and groups, will be established to steer the plan once it is agreed.

The consultants initial report is expected by the end of September.