Project Description

Town Regeneration

In 2018 many towns and villages will be able to avail of funds for local development. In 2017 I was delighted to facilitate the creation of some of these plans in villages such as Cootehall and Keadue in Roscommon.

Funding for local projects can come from a variety of sources, not just local authorities and LEADER but from a variety of agencies in tourism, health, waterways, woodland conservation and so on.  In 2018 more and more sources of funding are open.  So joined up community plans are an essential means to getting those funds across the threshold.

For me the art of creating really good village plans is one of getting as many people as possible turning up to public meetings and then holding a conversation with the entire room so that everyone gets to have a voice and no one leaves the room without feeling they said what they came to say.

As things progress the focus turns to priorities, to who will actually do the work. Is there sufficient community backing? The delicate part is where local people have to work out what to leave out as much as what to leave in and reach a consensus. My role often is that of holding that precious space where people can disagree, test the acceptance of a new idea, push boundaries and not fall out with their neighbours in the process.

My own work in local development goes back years when I started a community development project in North Leitrim at the height of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Some years later I found myself working with communities in North Nottinghamshire, UK which had been devastated and divided by mining closures and strikes. I was able to hold a space that allowed local people to work together and The Nottinghamshire project became known as the Diamond Partnership when about 70 projects, won a £17m in regeneration funds project to create jobs, improve infrastructure, build social housing, improve education, reduce crime and enhance the environment. Together we won the national Award for Urban Regeneration through Partnership from the Secretary of State for the Environment in 1995.

Communities across Ireland have many new opportunities in 2018 and I look forward to working with groups to discuss, plan and implement new futures.

“Since being appointed Chief Executive, Scollan has made an enormous contribution to Western Development, bringing it to the very forefront of the political agenda”
Chairman during my time as CEO, WDC
“I wish to record my appreciation for the work you have done and the leadership and inspiration given to many of us in regard to developing the West”
Frank Dawson, Director of Community and Enterprise
Liam, you have done Trojan work for the airport and the region over the years and I hope you are rightly proud of your achievements.
CEO, Allergan Pharmaceuticals
I can honestly say that Knock has grown significantly during your time in office…. when many other regional airport have closed, it is good to see Knock going from strength to strength
Eamon O Cuiv, TD
“The results achieved by the airport in terms of passenger numbers and connections to the West have been phenomenal. You can be proud of all that you have achieved”
Leo Varadkar , TD - Former Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Knock Airport grew rapidly in the years after Liam Scollan’s appointment and the entire facility was utterly transformed. At times the pace of change seemed mesmerising and there seemed to be barely a week when the airport was not making some positive announcement.
James Laffey, Editor Western People
“You can look back on the last ten years with considerable pride in a remarkable achievement of overcoming all the odds in maintaining the viability of a provincial airport in rural Ireland.”
Michael Cawley, Former Deputy Chief Executive, Ryanair
“I must thank you for your contribution towards bringing the organic sector to a larger audience. The Commission must indeed be congratulated on having the vision to allow a Blueprint document on the organic sector to be written. Your commitment to the organic sector no doubt contributed.”
Noreen Gibney, Former Operations/Certification Manager Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association
“Scollan in re-energised in his commitment to the West.” Read “Digging furrows for future” The Mayo News
The Mayo News
Liam provided strategic guidance and management advice to Western Forestry Co-op. His professional integrity and diligent work ethic were to be admired. In particular I admire his dedication to sustainable development and rural issues, working with a co-operative organisation was second nature to him. He is an asset to any organisation and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Marina Conway, Chief Executive, Western Forestry Co-op
I hired Liam Scollan to plan the development of a World Centre for Yeats in in 2014/15. His vision for this major arts and tourism project was outstanding. He was excellent in enabling many different interests from business to arts and public sector to work together. I found him easy to work with and recommend him highly to any group who have ambition to get a major project off the ground.
Tom Daly, Businessman
Liam Scollan has served on the Board of the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre since 2014 in a voluntary capacity.
In that time Liam’s integrity and presence to the organisation has been exceptional. His sensitivity, support and commitment to the very difficult work of the organisation has made him invaluable as a board member. His willingness to be educated about the issues which a Rape Crisis Centre deals with on a daily basis is to be commended. Liam brought a wealth of experience and insight from other roles he has had in community which has been very beneficial for our organisation.
Having Liam as a Board member has strengthened the voice and credibility of Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. On a very personal level, Liam has also been a fantastic support and resource for me in my role as Director of Services.
Loretta Brosnan McDonagh, Director of Services, Mayo Rape Crisis Centre