Crosby reiterates support for Strokestown plan

Speaking to the Roscommon People this week following his re-election to Roscommon County Council, Councillor Tom Crosby began by thanking his wife Pauline, his two daughters, Vicki and Pearl, their families, his team of supporters, and all his voters.

“I especially and sincerely want to thank everyone who came out and voted for me over my 33 years in politics. My local vote in the Rooskey, Tarmonbarry, Slatta, Whitehall, Scramogue, Strokestown and surrounds, has rarely faltered”.

Crosby highlighted his consistent local support, noting: “By my calculations, about 60% of the local vote has consistently turned out for me at each election, and I must thank them for that”.

Throughout his campaign, Councillor Crosby emphasised that he was and is the most experienced candidate and councillor in the county. Notably, the long-serving councillor had his posters up before dawn on the first day of the official election cycle.

Issues in Strokestown have arisen in recent months regarding the now-funded €8 million public realm enhancement works. Councillor Crosby noted that opposition to this plan has certainly cost him votes in the Strokestown area, but he could not in good conscience see an €8 million investment in the town be turned down.

“I don’t run with the hare and hunt with the hound. Myself and other councillors fought very hard for investment for Strokestown, and the reality is the council will not be able to go through another part eight planning process without losing the central government funding”.

Cllr Crosby said estimates that parking would be reduced by 80-90% were “simply untrue” and claimed that there would be 279 delineated parking spaces throughout the town under the current plan.

Citing his support for the development of the Roscommon County Council Civic buildings in 2014, Crosby said that while he faced stern opposition from those with vested interests at the time, he believes the people of Roscommon are thankful to him and those who supported the Civic building project. The project has consolidated costs, reducing the €800,000 per year in rent to one building that cost €18 million to build. “A similar building today would cost €42 million to put in place”.

He added: “I think, in the fullness of time, the people of Strokestown will thank their councillors, too”.