The new Buttercups Playschool in Tarmonbarry Village, which is built on a site with stunning views overlooking the River Shannon and the Tarmon Harbour Marina Development, is about to open shortly.
Local area Councillor Tom Crosby this week said that this beautiful new community development will provide ultra-modern playschool facilities for the parishes of Tarmonbarry/Scramogue, Clondra/Kilashee and their surrounding areas. Despite the best efforts over a two year period by the Buttercups Playschool Committee to extend and improve the existing facilities at the old Dispensary building Curraun, Whitehall, it became a totally uneconomic proposition, as the extension to the present facility required the committee to purchase additional lands for car parking, play areas etc. all of which could not be grant aided and would require major fundraising which was seen as an impossible task.
A meeting was then called by the Buttercups Committee to look at alternatives as the time deadline was running out for drawing down the funds provided by Pobal, the state agency that provides grant aid for childcare facilities. In attendance at that meeting were representatives from Roscommon County Childcare, the Western Health Board together with members of the Buttercups Committee and Cllr. Crosby. It was decided at the meeting that Cllr. Crosby would make all the necessary representations to the County Council with a view to secure a new site for the Playschool.
Cllr. Crosby was successful in securing this beautiful site at Tarmon Harbour and worked with the committee to secure the necessary planning permission for the new community facility which is now about to open.
Further proposals by the local residents to combine the use of the site for a much-needed resource centre on the first floor of the new building which would facilitate the two parishes and surrounding areas with accommodation for facilities such as Active Age groups, adult education courses, various classes, meeting rooms, etc, was initially agreed and grant aided by the Leader Programme but unfortunately at this time did not proceed states Cllr. Crosby.