Locals will launch a new ‘village plan’ next week…
A new village plan for Creggs village will be launched at an event in Creggs NS on Thursday evening, February 17th, at 6.30 pm. The launch is the culmination of three years’ work in the local community, which saw Creggs Rural Development liaise with consultants MKO Design in the drawing up of a plan to take the village forward in the coming decades.
Members of the local community had to take stock of the existing environment, including heritage features, planning design and concepts. Village visits were conducted, and there were numerous consultations between the consultants and the local community, including with pupils in the local national school. The result is a plan which takes stock of the village features, infrastructural needs and the design concepts which will underpin planning for the village in coming years.
The village plan had to take stock of national plans such as the National Planning Framework, regional plans such as the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy, and local plans such as the Galway County Development Plan. With the community straddling the border of both Galway and Roscommon, cognisance also had to be taken of the regional hinterland, where the village is the focus of a vibrant community.
Prior to the launch of this plan, exciting developments are taking place in the village, with progress visible in terms of walking infrastructure and sporting infrastructure at both Creggs RFC and Creggs GAA. Not so visible is the work that has been done in terms of bringing high-speed fibre broadband to the village, and work is now ongoing on the creation of a remote working hub in the Parnell Historical Centre.
Creggs RFC now boasts four full-sized pitches, two of which are fully floodlit, and Connacht’s only World Rugby-approved 4G artificial all-weather pitch. A floodlit amenity walkway measuring 1km around the rugby pitches is another valuable leisure amenity in the area, and it is well used throughout the year by local walking and running enthusiasts.
Development work is also ongoing at Creggs GAA pitch, which has seen a major development of both the pitch surface and dressing rooms in recent years. The local school has a state-of-the-art gymnasium, which is used by both the school and local community, and which will be the location for the launch. Other features at the local school include a floodlit astroturf pitch, hydrotherapy pool and a range of facilities for pupils, including a polytunnel where children grow their own vegetables.
Creggs NS has two special classes catering for children with additional needs from across the region. A large two-classroom extension with indoor and outdoor sensory areas and ancillary rooms is to be built in the near future.
The village plan examines amenities in the wider area, including the Suck Valley Way, which features Creggs as one of the nine friendly villages along the route, as well as a range of fishing amenities in the local area.
The new village plan for Creggs will be launched by Cllr. Peter Keaveney (Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council) in Creggs NS at 6.30 pm on Thursday, February 17th. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.