Milltown Community and Chamber Alliance is inviting members of the public to have their say in shaping the town’s development over the next six years.
A draft plan with 32 proposals for projects for the town has been drawn up following months of extensive consultation to ensure that the entire local community can work together to shape future development of the town.
With the support of Kerry County Council, the Chamber Alliance has organised an extensive consultation process, which began last March when over 250 residents completed a questionnaire – based on the Place Standard, which is a planning tool used to great effect in Scotland. This identified Milltown’s main strengths and challenges, as well as the issues people want to see addressed in the forthcoming plan. The survey highlighted the need to enable the local schools to expand so that all local children can secure a place. People are also keen to see the development of walkways and the conservation of heritage and natural amenities.
Due to the public health guidelines, the consultation process had to move on-line, and a series of workshops took place over the summer. These were co-facilitated by Dr Brendan O’Keeffe and Paul O’Raw of SKDP, and they dealt specifically with mobility and accessibility; economy; community well-being; and environment and heritage. Following the submission to Kerry County Council of a report of the survey findings and workshop deliberations, the Chamber Alliance then arranged two dedicated Geodesign workshops.
As an outcome of the workshop negotiations, a draft map has been produced that illustrates people’s proposals for the town. Members of the public are now invited to give their feedback on these projects.
Projects to support employment including a possible light industrial business park, a digital hub and to re-develop vacant buildings are involved. Other proposals include an arts centre at the former Church of Ireland and an open-air amphitheatre as well as expansion plans for schools, the GAA and the creche.
Parking facilities and maintaining bus routes to Milltown are also mooted as well as the development of a child, family and community hub. People in Milltown and the surrounding areas can vote on each individual proposal – using the link, and responses are anonymous:.The link is https://www.geodesignhub.com/v/hktu/
Voting will remain open until 8pm on Thursday, September 17. After that, the Chamber Alliance will finalise its submission to Kerry County Council. The public can also make submission to the local area plan by emailing them on email@example.com or writing to the main office at county buildings, Rathass, Tralee and addressing it to the senior planner.