There were plenty of big ideas for Kilkenny’s future submitted by people – not just in the county, but from all over the world – during the consultation period of the pre-draft county and city development plans.
The ‘Ourplan’ website received over 1,800 visits during the phase, from places as far afield as Monaco, the United States and China. India was number four on the list of countries with the most visits, after Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands.
Ideas ranged from renewable energy schemes and policy on windfarms, to skate parks, outdoor chess boards and table-tennis tables. Suggestions included new cycle tracks, walking trails, the provision of rural broadband and a new high voltage electrical infrastructure.
As well as a website and pilot schemes with a number of local schools, a total of seven public meetings were held across the five electoral areas in the county and city, on subjects ranging from retail and tourism to heritage and rural development. A total of 42 written submissions were received during the process.
The document reports on the outcome of the public consultation period, which is now ended, before the new draft plan is prepared. This draft plan is expected to be published in May of next year, at which point the public will have an opportunity to comment.