What is the Vision ?
The Regeneration Masterplan seeks to achieve three goals:
- Make the area a more attractive place to live with better, convenient connections to existing and new facilities, locally and in the rest of Sligo
- Enable individuals and communities in the area to avail of emerging opportunities and access to employment, education, health and family support services
- Secure the East City area as a location of choice for future generations to live, work and visit
Sligo East City Cranmore and Environs has an important role in the life and development of Sligo.
The area has many assets:
- It’s people, local residents, communities
- It’s strategic location, close to Sligo City centre and to a wide range of amenities
- The built environment providing homes, facilities and places of work
- Natural amenities such as Doorly Park, Cleveragh Regional Park, Sligo Racecourse and the Garavogue River;
- A number of open spaces and vacant sites
There are many opportunities to be explored.There are challenges also: issues associated with cumulative disadvantage; unemployment;educational disadvantage; stigma; housing and urban spaces in need of investment.
Responding to a need for change, Sligo Borough Council initiated the Cranmore Regeneration Project in 2004. With the support of regeneration funding from the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, significant investments have beenmade in the area over the past number of years and some major achievements have been realised:
- A series of housing and environmental improvement projects have been completed
- A regeneration office was established in Cranmore providing a local base
- A new playground was provided
- A major demolition strategy has been undertaken
- A series of actions from the 2007 Social Plan have been implemented
There are distinct signs of change in the area and a real sense that the regenerative process is underway.