Councillor welcomes 'green shoots' in Edenderry
Offaly County Councillor Noel Cribbin has hailed the "many positive projects in the pipeline" as "definite green shoots" for the town of Edenderry.
"Whilst we would all like and continually work to bring jobs into the Edenderry area, there are still many positive projects taking place," Cribbin said.
He pointed to the new Lidl store nearing completion, the upcoming €3.9 million works at Rosderra Meats, as well as 33 new build council houses for Blundell Wood, which he says are ready to start with the builder on site in the coming weeks.
He also noted that 30 new build homes are destined for Killane Drive now that all issues raised by the residents regarding local issues have hopefully been addressed, as well as a local company applying to build 26 units for those on the housing list.
"These 90 homes will surely bring great relief to all those dealing with housing issues at this time. We also have the funding of €1.9 million euro passed for the upgrade of our library services and I am very hopeful of positive news on this project and the inclusion of a possible Arts Centre and Theatre on a very prominent site in the town," Cribbin added.
He also welcomed the moving of Oaklands Community College to the derelict hotel site at Dunnes Stores, the new ambulance base, and some expected good news for the town's sports club through the Sports Capital Grants system.
"I have spoken in person to Minister Shane Ross on this and also on the need for funding for the Grand Canal Greenway and I am glad to see that the council, in cooperation with Waterways Ireland, are in preparation of a Part 8 application for phase 2 of the Grand Canal Cycleway, extending the cycleway from Digby Bridge (Tullamore) to Edenderry (Rathmore Bridge)."
"These Greenways around the country are proving to be great amenities for both locals and tourists alike and I certainly hope that we get our fair share of tourists to the Edenderry area into the future," Cribbin said.
Cribbin also welcomed road upgrade works planned for JKL street and the Dublin Road, as well as the upgrade work currently taking place at the Town Hall.
"I feel that with all of these projects outlined, we are turning the corner and that 2018 will bring more jobs and improvements to services in this area and I will continue to work hard to deliver for the area on all issues in 2018," Cllr Cribbin concluded.
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