Plans to build a new centre for the Knocks


The Knocks Community Hall

IN what could be a model for other small communities, local groups in the Knocks have come together in order to develop the area for future generations. 

A new group, Knocks Community Development Project, has been formed in the area which will take in current local groups such as the Knocks Community Association and the Knocks GAA club.
The intention is that, by grouping together, the new development project will be able to collectively apply for funding and help develop new amenities. 
Martin Carey, from the new group, explained the project was focused accessing
funding to develop facilities in the Knocks for families currently living in the area, and for the many new families he said were moving out to the area.  
As part of the project they intend to develop local walking trails and tracks, such as around Lough Lea, as other projects such as building a new running track at the local hurling club.
The flagship project in their dynamic plan will be a brand new outreach community hub close to the GAA grounds. 
“It’s about driving forward these funding projects, and about more community involvement,” said Mr Carey, who said the project had been in the pipeline for the past eight years.
Although the current community hall was built in the mid-1990s, Mr Carey says it is ‘not fit for purpose’ and that a new hub would provide a better range of facilities.
These facilities will include a kitchen, showers, and “all the modern amenities for families”.
Mr Carey said part of the outreach hub will be opened to the public who will be using the new walking trails, providing safe car parking, changing facilities and toilets for visitors. 
The Knocks Community Development Project will be holding a public consultation on the new plans this Sunday, November 13, at the Knocks Community Hall. 
Mr Carey said the event will be an opportunity for the community to have their say on the plans, and contribute an ideas they have for driving the project forward. 

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