A NUMBER of much-loved trees at Enniskillen Castle are under no threat from development work, a spokesman for the Council has confirmed.
There was concern for the future of the trees after a planning application was advertised in last week’s Herald by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (FODC), who were announcing their intention to extend the carpark at the castle to provide parking spaces for coaches.
Those who spotted the advertisement were quick to question where the new coach spaces would be located, and expressed concern for the future of the much-loved trees, between the car park and playing fields and walkway.
However, a spokesman for FODC said the new spaces would be located within the current car park site.
“The proposed coach parking will be accommodated within the existing footprint of the car park and will be located adjacent to the Castle,” they said. “The line of mature trees will not be affected by the proposed coach parking. As with any development works, there may be some disruption to the car park, during on-site works. All works be carried out within the parameters of planning permission. At this time, plans are at outline designs stage and are subject for discussions with planning service and other statutory agencies.”
It was also feared that the extension to the car park would impact parking facilities for workers who use the car park – such as BT workers, or workers in the West End of town.
The Council has confirmed that these workers will not be impacted by the works. A spokesman for FODC said: “There will be a loss of two car parking spaces to facilitate the works. The provision of two designated coach parking spaces will improve public/visitor access to the Castle Museum and to the town centre, enhancing the visitor experience and allowing our district to be better connected.”