A bit of good news from Limerick, where improvement works are to commence to help Montpelier to capitalise on their scenic location beside the Shannon.
As reported in the Limerick Leader, Montpelier Development Association have finalised improvement plans for their village. According to local Councillor Michael Sheahan, this is a timely boost for the area. “Montpelier is unique in County Limerick in that the houses are fronted by large greens onto the main road. There is no other village like that in the county.
Phase one will aim at improving the village pump and access to it; creating new footpaths; repairing and improving edges to grass areas; considering traffic calming proposals; assessing the condition of existing trees and new planting. They also plan to put cabling underground during the footpath works and install old style gas light type lamps, instead of the current old poles. Thoughts will then turn to phase 2 - building car-parks near the riverside that provide disabled access; improving the boat ramp; and upgrading the riverside footpath and seating areas. Phase three will consider a pedestrian footbridge along the existing bridge to O’Brien’s Bridge. The hope is that it will attract new businesses and tourists to Montpelier as well as improving the village for locals.