KILDARE County Council and the Department of Defence have appointed a landscape architect firm to develop a conservation management plan and an as well as an interpretation and branding strategy for the Curragh Plains.
This project aims to highlight the importance and significance of the Curragh Plains and develop policies that will ensure the area is appropriately conserved, managed, maintained and interpreted.
This will be welcomed in many sectors, particularly as the lack of such a plan was raising questions in the Council Chamber 18 months ago when a figure of €125,000 from each side was quoted as necessary.
“The success of the final plan will be achieved through engagement with the many stakeholders, consisting of a wide cross section of the local community including the Defence Forces, the Curragh Camp community, local businesses, resident’s groups in areas surrounding the Curragh, schools, the Curragh racecourse, Horse Racing Ireland, local farmers, and government agencies to name but a few,” said a Council spokesperson.
In order to facilitate this engagement during Covid 19, the Paul Hogarth Company have produced a website which will provide a platform for all stakeholders to have their say, for this, the first phase of consultations.
“It is vital that anyone with an interest in the Curragh Plains and its conservation and management, engage with this process, as it’s your views and opinions that help inform the outcome,” said the Council spokesperson.
The website will be live today (15 Marc)h for a period of 4 weeks and can be accessed at www.curraghplains.ie