Roscommon County Council says a project aimed at enhancing the centre of Boyle will progress within the next year. This follows the Council’s purchase last week of the Royal Hotel site in the town.
The Council said it has no firm proposals for the development of the site but can confirm that it is envisaged that a project to enhance the centre of Boyle town will be progressed through the planning process within the next twelve months.
Responding, Senator Frank Feighan said he is looking forward to a wide-ranging consultation process with local organisations. Senator Maura Hopkins said proper consultation with the community is essential.
Complimenting the Council’s role in the development of Lough Key Forest Park and King House, Senator Feighan expressed confidence in the local authority’s approach.
While he accepts a hotel project isn’t planned, he says the move places the need to have a hotel in Boyle on top of the agenda once more.
“Boyle has seen the loss of two hotels, and combined with a number of planning permissions for hotel projects being refused, we must strive to look at all options to address this deficit in key infrastructure.”
Senator Maura Hopkins said that it is important that development works on the former Royal Hotel in Boyle involves proper consultation with the community of Boyle in order to make the best use of this space for the benefit of further developing the area’s tourism potential.