Plans to transform the empty Kickham Army Barracks into a vibrant town centre feature have taken a leap forward with confirmation that the County Council are ready to engage specialised town planning and conservation consultants to draw up a detailed master plan.
The historic military site will become a public, social and education site with proposals that it will include a new Garda District Headquarters Station, Education and Training Board (formerly VEC) offices, educational use of the existing buildings and “public realm/civic space enhancement.”
At Monday’s county council meeting, County Secretary John O’Mahoney confirmed that while the sale of the barracks from the Department of Defence to the council has not been finalised it is “continuing in a satisfactory manner.” County Manager Billy McEvoy said he hopes negotiations will conclude “relatively quickly.” The Department of Defence have agreed the county council can “now proceeding to tender for consultants to prepare a detailed master plan for the site based on the outline master plan document prepared in-house for the former military barracks.”
A time frame for the planning and development of the Kickham Barracks site will be set out when the sale is completed, Mr McEvoy said.
Cllr Michael Murphy, who had asked for an update on the project, complimented council staff for the “tremendous amount of work and effort” that went in to ensuring the historic site will continue to play a central role in the town.