Council unveils ambitious regeneration plans for Templeshannon, Enniscorthy
The Templeshannon Regeneration Strategy sets out Wexford County Council’s ambitious regeneration proposals for the Templeshannon area of Enniscorthy over the next 15-20 years.
The Strategy is intended to provide an urban design footprint for the Templeshannon area that future development proposals can take inspiration from, and integrate with. The main objective of the Strategy is “to enhance the public realm and improve traffic management in the Templeshannon area and develop a plan that would outline the urban renewal development opportunities for the Templeshannon area going forward”.
The Strategy proposes to regenerate the area by tackling issues such as poor pedestrian environment, traffic congestion and dereliction. It also proposes to encourage further private investment and development in Templeshannon by increasing the attractiveness of the area through the provision of significant public realm improvement works.
The Strategy includes a number of key infrastructural projects:
- Implementation of Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme and the associated Traffic Management Plan, including a proposal within the traffic plan to make Templeshannon one way from the Shannon to the Old Bridge;
- Improvement of the public realm and streetscape of the Templeshannon area including the the widening of footpaths, enhanced public lighting, undergrounding of services, paving etc;
- Improving accessibility and linkages from the Templeshannon area to the rest of Enniscorthy, including the provision of a new pedestrian bridge from Slaney Street to Templeshannon;
- The progressive transformation of the Waterfront Leisure Centre private car park to create a new civic spaces and a public car park;
- Improvement of the Enniscorthy Railway Station arrival area with emphasis on its connection to Templeshannon and the rest of Enniscorthy.
The preparation of designs for the streetscape works and the new pedestrian bridge projects will commence in the coming months and these projects are expected to be completed by mid 2019 and mid to late 2020 respectively. Both projects will include a comprehensive public consultation and planning processes.