Clare County Council has officially opened two major infrastructure projects in Shannon.
The Shannon Recycling Centre has been completed a cost of €1.2m, while Phase One of a €3m southern primary road will open up 75 acres of land for residential and commercial development. Mayor of Shannon, Cllr. Sean McLoughlin said that both projects befitted Shannon's status as one of Ireland's fastest growing towns.
The opening of the Shannon Southern Primary Road Phase 1 provides access to 36 acres of housing land which will accommodate approximately 250 houses. This is the first phase of a project, which will open up an extra 75 acres of land, providing 600 additional houses and community facilities in Shannon.
The Recycling Centre, meanwhile, is situated in Smithstown, in close proximity to the Smithstown Industrial Estate. While the facility will be of tremendous value to the householders in Shannon, it will also serve surrounding towns and villages.
The facility will cater for all the major recycling streams and composters will be available for purchase.
"This €1.2m investment brings the number of Recycling Centres in Clare to five - satisfying one of our significant commitments in the Regional Waste Management Plan for Clare/Limerick and Kerry and making good provision for the public to recycle. These Recycling Centres are complemented by our existing 54 Bring Banks and the Central Waste Management Facility at Inagh" - stated Sean Ward, Acting Director of Services and Shannon Town Manager.
He added - "Coupled with the pioneering waste prevention project currently being carried on in Sky Court by the shopping centre's traders and Clare County Council, it is confidently expected that the recycling centre will further raise people's consciousness of best practice in waste management."