Considering the population size down in Charlesland, a community centre is something that has long been fought for…
And now, finally, it’s about to become a reality.
As part of their new housing development in the area, Cairn Homes have now confirmed that they will include a 2,000 ft sq community centre at Charlesland.
Having been spearheaded by a Charlesland grassroots committee and Cllr Jennifer Whitmore – who objected to Cairn Homes’ original plans as they didn’t feature a community centre – local Fianna Fáilers Stephen Donnelly and Gerry Walsh have issued a statement this morning, highlighting the new commitment from Cairn Homes.
Trouble is, it reads like a two-man victory lap by the two FFs. When the bulk of the work was done by that Charlesland committee and young Whitmore.
Said Donnelly, “There had previously been discussions around a single room facility, but Cllr Walsh and I believe a larger multi-room facility is required for a growing community.”
Again, an argument first brought to the table by Whitmore.
The proposed community centre will include a youth café, with Cllr Walsh commenting, “A community facility of this scale would be hugely valuable to the growing community in the Charlesland area. Stephen and I are delighted with the progress made with Cairn Homes and commend them for taking such a pro-community approach.
Donnelly and Walsh should have also commended Cllr Whitmore and co for being the true driving force behind this latest commitment from Cairn Homes. Here’s hoping Wicklow County Council now approve this happy ending.
You can find out about the Charlesland Youth Community Group set up by Whitmore and the local residents here.