Arklow woman Peir Leonard was one of the last people to put her name forward for the local elections, which will take place at the end of this month.
Here is what Peir would hope to achieve.
Protect Arklow’s heritage, river and green spaces. Be Proactive in making our town a vibrant and interesting place to live and visit.
Living in our modern world can be stressful. It means we don’t always have time to look at the bigger picture and put in place the foundations for a more positive and sustainable future for Arklow.
The importance of proper planning is key to the success of any community. This is one of the reasons I have been campaigning for a well-designed flood relief plan for our town, a plan that will not only protect homes and businesses along the river but will also bring with it much needed social and economic growth. The promotion of our maritime heritage and eco tourism are also high on my agenda.
Supporting local SMEs in whatever way we can and the regeneration of Arklow’s Main street is vital. I want to help create a new and vibrant Arklow. An Arklow which celebrates its rich heritage and makes use of its unique position on the beautiful river Avoca on the east coast of Ireland, only an hour from Dublin and near well-developed tourist attractions such as Glendalough.
There is huge potential for the development of a successful tourism initiative, attracting visitors from other parts of Ireland and abroad. Now that a long awaited sewage treatment plant is on the way, it is time to design and plan Arklow’s transformation and prepare for a more prosperous future. It is time to proactively entice new investment into the town and help Arklow, and each and every person in it, reach their potential!
I would also like to strengthen economic and tourism links between Arklow, Annacurra, Aughrim, Ballinclash, Redcross, Rathdrum and all the small villages and town-lands that make up our wider community.
I believe that, through supporting local producers and crafts people and capitalising on our great location, we could develop a very healthy tourist industry in South Wicklow, helping to sustain small businesses in the area. More than anything, I would like to see a community art/performance space for our community to use. Throughout the ages, artists have played a vital role in the progress of mankind. I think the time has come for the artists and craftspeople of Arklow to play a part in Arklow’s own renaissance!
During my involvement, over the past few years, in campaigns for improvements in Arklow’s infrastructure and tourism and heritage facilities I have met and spoken with many of you and listened to your concerns. Now I wish, if elected as an independent councillor, to take these issues on board and work to make Arklow one of the premier towns in the region. The support of the people of Arklow in the past year in our campaign for a proper flood relief scheme has been tremendous #savemaritimearklow.
We have a town rich in heritage, music, art and amazing natural beauty – all of which needs to be harvested. If elected, I will bring some creative energy to the table and help connect all the pieces of the jigsaw and build on the fantastic work of local people and volunteer groups. I hope you want to see change as much as I do and that you will come on board and help me achieve some of these goals.
Please support me in the upcoming elections on 24th May 2019.