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Castlepollard Community Council

Castlepollard Community Council was set up under the auspices of Muintir na Tire in 2000. The role of the Community Council is to identify and prioritise local needs and to respond to these needs. It does this by actively developing appropriate strategies or by making representations to official bodies. Since the Community Council is elected by the people of the area, it can legitimately claim to be representative of the local area.
At the formation of the Community Council in 2000 and again at subsequent elections of Community Councils, a needs survey was carried out in conjunction with the election process. These surveys afforded the people of the area an opportunity to express any concerns they had about the area and to suggest what improvements that they would like to see. The surveys carried out to date highlighted road safety, footpaths, youth facilities, play area, Kilafree Cemetery and facilities for the elderly as some of the issues.

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  Castlepollard Commnity Council responded to these issues and some of them are outlined below.
 

Road Safety

A comprehensive road safety survey was completed and presented to the County Council with many recommendations to improve safety. Many of these have been implemented by the Council.

Elected members of the Community Council have lobbied the local elected public representatives and have made representations to County Council officials to improve the footpaths. Much progress has been made.

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Play Area

A sub-committee of the Community Council worked on this project for many years. They met with the local County Councillors and Council officials. They lobbied TDs and Senators. They identified a number of sites which would be suitable for a playground and in 2007, their work paid off when a new playground was open on Water Street, adjacent to the Tennis Courts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kilafree Cemetery

Over many years, a sub-committee of the Castlepollard Community Council aided by members of the public have put in a huge amount of time and effort to clean up Kilafree Church and Graveyard and great progress has been achieved to date. Work on this is continuing and further improvements will be evident as time goes on.

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Elderly

The Castlepollard Community Council formed an Active Age Club which initially was well supported but then the support dropped and the group was discontinued. However, from this initiative, a number of new groups were formed by the Castelpollard Community Council.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bowls Club

This club, which runs in the Parish Center on Monday and Wednesday nights during the Winter months, was set up in 2003 by the Castlepollard Community Council. It competes in the Westmeath League and welcomes new members.

Gardening Club

The Gardening Club was formed in 2005 by the Castlepollard Community Council and has proved very popular with membership growing every year. The club meet once a month and regular reports of its’ activities appear in the local papers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Website

The Castlepollard Community Council provide a community based Web site, for inclusion of content use the email address on the page footer.

www.castlepollard.ie

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Traffic Management & Stewarding

The Castlepollard Community Council saw a need for a group which would help with traffic control at large gatherings in Castlepollard. Volunteers were sought and a team was put together in 2006 which now provides this very valuable service to the Community.

 
   
   
   
   
 

Other Activities

Castlepollard Community Council have been involved in many other projects since its’ formation in 2000 such as the provision of an emergency telephone contact list to all households, the setting up of an Art Group which now runs independent of the Community Council, organising a Christmas Fair in the Square to ensure the continuity of a licence to hold such fairs, helping with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and canvassing for the provision of Broadband to the area.

 
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