KILDARE Co Council (KCC) has published plans of the proposed development of Athy Heritage Centre for use as a dedicated Shackleton museum and experience.
The proposed project involving the heritage centre, which is a protected structure, will include a contemporary two-story glass and steel-clad extension to the rear of the building, a new mezzanine at the second floor level (and the removal of the existing one), a new lift and fire escape stairs to service all floors, a raised internal ground floor, and the removal of parking spaces at the back.
Athy Municipal District Cathaoirleach Aoife Breslin welcomed the news, noting that it’s one of a number of positive developments in the town.
I think if you look at everything that’s going on in Athy at the moment, the medical centre, the start of the road, the money that we got in relation to the canal for redevelopment of the canal, the Blueway, the Shackleton Museum… Athy is sending out a very positive message,・ she said. We’re open for business.”
Plans and other information for the proposed development are available to inspect or purchase (during public hours) until Tuesday 26 February 2019 from Kildare County Council’s offices in Naas, Athy Library, Athy Municipal District Office, and Athy Heritage Centre. Alternatively, the documents can also be viewed online at kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/PublicConsultations-Part8Schemes/Community/shackletonmuseum/ and members of the public will have a chance to attend an information evening in Athy Heritage Centre on Tuesday 19 February 2019 between 6pm and 8pm.
Submissions or observations on the proposal can be made in writing before 4pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019. According to KCC, they should be marked ‘Athy Heritage Centre – Planning Submission’ and be sent to Mairead Hunt, Senior Executive Officer, Town & Village Rejuvenation, Economic, Community and Cultural Development, Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas.
All comments, including names and addresses of those making comments, submitted to the Council in regard to this scheme will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented to the monthly meeting of Kildare County Council. Accordingly, they will also be included in the minutes of that meeting and may appear in the public domain,・ KCC noted in its recent notice.
The council has also said that it has concluded from a preliminary examination that there is “no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment” arising from the proposed development and so an Environmental Impact Assessment isn’t required.
However, anybody can apply to An Bord Pleanala – within four weeks from the date of the notice (29 January) – for a screening determination regarding whether the proposed development is likely to have significant environmental effects.