A regeneration framework drafted by the Housing Agency has been developed for Granard, a town council meeting heard last week.
The framework, which will ensure that the town is equipped with appropriate housing and infrastructure to cope with the demands of an increasing population will work in tandem with the new Public Realm plan over the next few years.
The meeting heard that the framework will concentrate primarily on a number of locations within the town including the Church Quarters, Barrack Street and Moxham Street and around the area just off main street and behind Market Street that is being regarded as an incomplete development for the last number of years.
“We will be focusing on the Church Quarter area because of the housing demands,” Orla Maguire, Housing Department, Longford Co Council said. “There are also a number of unfinished developments and that will be addressed also. In the short term the plan would be to construct a temporary parking area to the front of Ulster Bank and erect signage for the Buttermarket site .
“We will clean up all the vacant and derelict houses in Colmcille Terrace and new OPD accommodation will be constructed at Redmond Terrace. This will result in the demolition of the old fire station, however the plan will be to salvage the old fire station bell and have that on display here in Granard, at some point.”
The meeting also heard that plans were also in place to construct a loop road from Barrack Street, through the incomplete development at the back of main street, where it would re-emerge at the Gowna Road on the outskirts of the town. This plan, it is believed will take the heavy duty traffic from the main thoroughfare of the town and ensure that it is a safer place for pedestrians, residents and shoppers alike. “We plan a land swap with Pat the Baker, so that we can redevelop that approach road into Granard and get rid of the nearby laneway that has now become an area where anti social behaviour takes place,” Ms Maguire continued. “The area at the edge of Trumra Road will be cleaned up and will be ready for any future redevelopment in the area and in the long term, it is envisaged that the Buttermarket site will be redeveloped. New open public spaces will also be created and incorporated with hedgerows and mature trees. This is all very positive and once the framework goes to Longford Co Council and is approved, we can apply for funding and get to work. Footpaths will be upgraded and the parking in the town will be reorganised.”