Roscommon County Council has submitted a planning application for a vertical walkway viewing tower at Mote Park, saying it will enhance the area for locals and tourists alike.
The proposed viewing tower will be 13.5m high and made of larch glulam timber and steel. Coillte, which owns the site, has given its permission and support for the project.
“This project aims to introduce innovative tourism infrastructure into Mote Park to enhance the visitor experience and transform this high quality natural outdoor recreation resource,” the council said in its planning documents. “Mote Park lies just c.6km from Roscommon Town and is a significant asset to the area in terms of a quality destination for outdoor recreation and amenity.”
Mote Park provides an ideal outdoor meeting and recreation facility to serve both those living in as well as visiting the county, it added.
“This proposal to develop a vertical walkway viewing structure within the park, which will enhance opportunities for increased visitor numbers to the area, through the provision of a unique tourism asset,” the council continued.
“This project reflects the ambition of Roscommon County Council to further develop the tourism profile of the County. In striving to maximise the tourism potential of areas throughout Roscommon, it is imperative that the appropriate leisure and amenity related tourism infrastructure is in place to serve communities and visitors alike.”
The council made the application on November 25th and it is currently at pre-validation stage. A decision is expected at the end of January 2021.
A screening survey of the proposal found that it would have no likely significant effects on the locality or its environment.