PHOTO GALLERY: Consultation Day on the future of Emily Square, Athy

'A new space for the people of Athy'

Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

Reporter:

Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

A public consultation day took place in Emily Square in Athy on Friday, July 1, to discuss future uses of the square as part of its planned €500,000 regeneration project.

The project is due to commence in spring 2017, subject to the outcome of the statutory processes.

The estimated costs, in the region of half a million euros, are to be assigned from capital funds for the project.

The Paul Hogarth Company were awarded the project and on hand on the day was urban designer James Hennessey, who spoke to passers by about their views for the redevelopment of the square.

“We will look at what currently works, what no longer works and what may work in the future,” said James.

“We are looking at the long term potential of the square which will include a new life sized sculpture of Ernest Shackelton. This will be a new space for people of Athy.”

The public consultation drew a lot of interest locally and it is the first step in the long awaited regeneration project.

The history and heritage of Emily Square will also be incorporated into the new design as well as some tree planting, public art works and new lighting.

The day coincided with the launch of Athy Boat Tours. The new departure provides professional boat tours for up to 12 people on board the Freedom on the Water.