Sustaining communities – Cranmore Regeneration

Sustaining communities – Cranmore Regeneration -

The implementation phase of the Sligo East City, Cranmore & Environs Masterplan is well underway following its launch by the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government, Mr Simon Coveney, in December 2016.

"To make the area a more attractive place to live with better, convenient connections to existing and new facilities, locally and in the rest of Sligo. To enable individuals and communities in the area to avail of emerging opportunities and access to employment, education, health and family support services.To secure the area as a location of choice for future generations in which to live, work and visit. "

The Regeneration Vision

The Masterplan describes a number of physical projects and social and economic initiatives to address needs.   These projects will provide much needed investment to improve housing in the area, open spaces and roads, as well as investment in community facilities.  

Funding has been secured for some elements of the Plan from the DHPLG and the European Regional Development Fund. 

The following are details of projects being progressed from the PHYSICAL PLAN

New Community Facility

Key to developing a new Community Centre in Cranmore is the continuing support and involvement of existing agencies and service providers, specifically the two long-established organisations delivering services in the Cranmore and East City area; Cranmore Community Co-Op Ltd and the Abbeyquarter Community Centre. The views and opinions of these two organisations were critical to informing a vision for the new centre and the future management and operations of the facility. The spatial requirements of both groups were discussed in detail with both Boards generating a list for potential inclusion in the design of the new Centre. The needs were analysed and a proposed design for the new Centre has been prepared by the Cranmore Regeneration Design Team. The design encompasses the spatial needs within a space that has the potential to become a real beacon for the community. The application is currently with the DHPLG for approval. 

Devins Drive /Cranmore Road Junction

It is proposed to upgrade the ‘T’ Junction at intersection of Devins Drive with Cranmore Road. This proposal seeks to enhance the urban/street boundaries, introduce traffic calming measures, a road crossing, junction improvements and landscaping to add to the character and safety of the street.

The proposals include the following benefits: 

  • Realignment of existing junction
  • New footpaths
  • Introduction of Traffic calming measure at Junction and Devins drive
  • Re surfacing of junction and approach road on Devins Drive
  • Revised carriageway widthIntroduction of mandatory cycle lanes
  • Introduction of designated shared surface pedestrian crossing point
  • Removal and setting back of fence to the east of the junction on Cranmore road  to improve sightline 

The proposed development was approved at the Council Meeting on Monday 1st October 2018 and it is envisaged works will commence in late 2018 or early 2019

Devins Drive /Cranmore Road Junction Devins Drive /Cranmore Road Junction.

Improve Housing Quality and Opportunity

Refurbishment works to 96 units (Pilot Programme):

Funding has been approved under the Regeneration Programme for a Pilot Project covering energy efficiency, housing quality and environmental improvement works to 96 houses in the oldest part of Cranmore Estate, namely, Cranmore Place, Cranmore Drive and Cranmore Villas.  Following completion of the Pilot Programme, it is envisaged that the Programme will be rolled out to the remainder of the estate on a phased basis.  A consultant team has been appointed and has surveyed all properties in the pilot area and is working with the Regeneration Team to finalise a scope of works for each house and secure the necessary approvals from the Department.  Works will differ for each house depending on need.  Community consultation is ongoing and a decanting strategy being developed.  Work to commence in 2019.

Phase 1 – Pilot Programme Phase 1 – Pilot Programme.

An Information Day was held in Cranmore on 31st May 2018 where all of the above projects were on public display.

Restoration of Riverside Lodge, Doorly park

It is an objective in the Masterplan that the restoration of the Lodge be explored as it provides an opportunity to create a new public/community space close to the river, adjoining park and recreation areas.  The building is a piece of local heritage, a protected landmark structure, at a key location within the area. The Council has secured funding and has protected the building from further decay and potential dereliction. Work was completed on this in January 2018. The Council are working to secure funding to carry out other conservation work to the remainder of the building which, if successful will provide tourism and community facilities. 

Joe McDonnell pedestrian/bicycle link to Chapel Hill:

A new link to Joe Mc Donnell Drive from Chapel Hill has been designed and consultations are ongoing with residents.  The project is currently at the public display phase of the planning process. The works include the demolition of four houses and the replacement with four new houses that are realigned to provide passive supervision of the area. This unique project is key to the transformational change that the Masterplan is designed to bring about.

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The following are details of projects being progressed under the following strategies contained in the SOCIAL PLAN: 

Education and Learning Strategy

One of the key objectives of the Masterplan is to address educational disadvantage. The Plan sets out an ambitious programme of initiatives to address issues which affect residents from meeting their full educational potential.  

The delivery of the Education and Learning Strategy began in January 2018 and since then a number of supports have been put in place to support residents from early years to active age in their participation in education.  An Education Working Sub Group has been set up to oversee the delivery of the strategy.  Supports such as College Information events and MSLETB Adult Guidance in Education workshops have been delivered in the estate.  Activities are also ongoing in the three Primary and Post Primary Schools within the Regeneration area.  Future initiatives include the provision of a dedicated mentor to work with people and a series of site visits to IT Sligo and St. Angela’s College.

Health and Wellbeing

  • A number of initiatives are being progressed under this strategy to meet the actions in the Masterplan such as:
    • Support for the Abbeyquarter Men’s Group
    • Support for Cranmore Age Friendly Group

Family Support

  • The following initiatives are continuing under this strategy:
    • Breakfast Club
    • Tenancy Support and Sustainment Project

Community Safety and Housing Management Strategy

  • A key priority for the Community in Cranmore was the upgrade and extension of the CCTV system. This was upgraded in 2018. 

Sport & Recreation Strategy:

The collaborative working with Sligo Sports & Recreation Partnership has been one of the key successes of the Regeneration Project through the support provided by Regeneration funding.  

Increasing participation in sports and in physical activity is understood to require multi-sectoral effort.  It requires the involvement of agencies from education, transport, environment, health and sporting bodies at national and local level.  The Sports Partnership has achieved this together with deep community involvement.  The table below shows the extent of community participation from 2015-2017.

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Conclusion

The social, economic and physical strategies of the Masterplan can achieve a transformative impact for the East City area, providing an action plan for change with benefits for both the local and wider community which include the development of Sligo as Designated Regional Growth Hub. This will be achieved through continued consultation and collaboration with the Community in particular building on the strong links that the Regeneration Project have with the Cranmore Community Co-op and Abbeyquarter Community Centre