There will be a public consultation event on Wednesday, December 5 from 5.30pm to 8pm in the main foyer of Longford County Council HQ to hear the thoughts, ideas and aspirations of the people of Longford on how the Camlin Quarter could be regenerated.
The Longford County Council Regeneration Team, working with the URBACT Local Group and consultants Brady Shipman Martin, are currently preparing an Urban Design and Economic Framework for the Camlin Quarter.
The purpose of the Framework is to realise the economic and employment potential of the area, enhance connectivity both within the site and to the wider town area, for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic and enhance the quality of life of existing and future residents in the area.
On December 5, members of the public will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Regeneration Team and consultants working on the development of the Framework and make their suggestions as to how the Camlin Quarter can become a thriving part of the town for locals, visitors, families and businesses.
This project follows on from the involvement of Longford County Council in a European project under the URBACT programme focussed on the identification of ideas for the reuse of the former Connolly Barracks. This project was the MAPS (Military Assets as Public Spaces) project aimed to enhance former military heritage as key elements for sustainable urban strategies.
An Integrated Action Plan was launched by Minister Damien English in July and this plan identified the need to prepare an Urban Design and Economic Framework for the wider area in which Connolly Barracks is situated, known as the Camlin Quarter.
The Camlin Quarter is a 55 acre district to the northern end of the town centre.