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Investors offer new town park for Roscrea

Thursday, 28 December 2017

GOOD NEWS was announced for the children of Roscrea in the days before Christmas - a new town park might soon be open in the town.
Recently the Tribune broke the news that a large redundant industrial site in the heart of Roscrea will soon get a new lease of life, after a team of investors announced their plans to create a new business and recreation hub on the site of the former Antigen pharmaceutical factory.
Now it has been announced the investors wish to work with the local authority and donate a two acre portion of the 13-acre Antigen site to create a new town park - news which will be very welcome to families in Roscrea, where play and recreational facilities for children are sorely lacking.
Recently the town's only park, Glebe Park, was the focus of some ridicule among local people because of damaged and unusable playground equipment, which had been left in a state of disrepair for a lengthy time and caused much upset for local children who regularly the use the facilities.
The small park, located adjacent to Rosemary Square, is landlocked and not suited for expansion to cater for the burgeoning numbers of children in the town, which has greatly outgrown the number of children in the town when the park was first created. The park also lacks any equipment designed to accommodate children with special needs.
Announcing the news of the generous offer of the new site at the monthly Municipal Council meeting for the area, Councillor Michael Smith (FF), said the news would be very welcome in Roscrea.
“A new park for the town was originally part of the new town plan for Roscrea and this is a great opportunity and the new owners of the site want to work with the Council to create a new town park," he told the Municipal District monthly meeting last Wednesday in Thurles.
“They want to put forward a two acre site for a new town park and they are also open to discussing a new inner relief road through the site, which is badly needed," Cllr Smith said.
That new road, if created, will transect the former pharmaceutical plant and link with the Killavilla Road in the direction of Ashbury. The road was suggested under the new Traffic Management Plan for Roscrea, which was created earlier this year by consultants, Roadplan.
The road would be created to relieve the overburdened traffic lights junction, which was identified as an "overstressed pinchpoint" by Roadplan's Dermot Donovan, who compiled the very well received traffic plan for the Municipal Council.
Mr Donovan also noted hat the junction is difficult to negotiate for HGV traffic, particularly those travelling west on the N62 and turning right onto the Kinnitty Road and said an inner relief road through the former Antigen site would be the "safest solution".
Earlier this month the Tribune reported how the three entrepreneurs who bought the site have plans to transform it into a new complex that might include a restaurant and entertainment facilities,.
The three men who make up the company that bought the Roscrea site, Zinc Properties, have already taken over 10 similar sites dotted around the country and transformed those location's fortunes.
Past projects they have undertaken include buying the complete Waterford Glass plant, which they completely refurbished and returned jobs to and the old Burlington plant in Gillogue in Clare, which they turned around into a business success story.
Their company, whose core business is in harvesting scrap metal with over 40 years experience in the industry, has created over 400 jobs in the last seven years nationally and has a proven track record of taking on challenging sites and effecting a positive turnaround.

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