€100,000 to be spent on cobbled footpaths and lighting in Edenderry
€100,000 of a €200,000 funding pot secured for Edenderry under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is to be spent on cobbled streets and lighting, the Offaly Express can reveal.
The news comes after it was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring that Offaly projects are set to receive €1.3 million of a €21 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme pot.
Edenderry received the highest of 12 awards made to Offaly projects with €200,000 set to be injected into the North Offaly town. €100,000 will fund streetscape works from the Bank of Ireland to the library in the town. The footpaths on both sides of the road will be cobblelocked to match the Tullamore side of the town, while additional lighting and landscaping will also form part of the development.
The second €100,000 earmarked for Edenderry will go towards a 'Start-Up Hub' in the Town Hall where start-up businesses can occupy office space in a fully redeveloped and appropriate setting. The facility could also be used by workers seeking to 'hot desk' or work remotely to reduce commuting.
The 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which was launched in April this year, focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.
The streetscape element of Edenderry's funding has come on foot of a proposal to the Town and Village Renewal Scheme by Edenderry Tidy Towns. Chairman of Edenderry Tidy Towns and local councillor Noel Cribbin has warmly welcomed the funding announcement.
"We are delighted that our proposal has been accepted and that the streetscape development will be completed to match the rest of the town," Cllr Cribbin said.
"If you stand at the top of the Carrick Road and look right and left, you'd think you were in two different towns with cobbles on the Medical Hall side and not on the Larkin's side. It is fantastic that the work had now got the go-ahead," he added.
It's understood the footpaths will not be widened as was the case with the Tullamore side of the town more than a decade ago and no car parking spaces will be lost as a result of the works.
Cllr Cribbin also indicated that the work will begin "as soon as possible" because the money has to be used within 12 months to facilitate the next round of funding under the scheme in late 2019.
The other Offaly communities receiving funding are as follows:
Ballycumber - Public realm improvements in the village - €100,000
Boora Leabeg Leamore - Public realm and traffic safety measures - €100,000
Clara - Upgrade of public road/footpaths and public open space - €100,000
Cloghan - Upgrade pathways and public spaces - €100,000
Croghan - Works to improve visitor access to and information about Croghan Hil - €100,000
Daingen - Public realm improvements - €100,000
Edenderry - Street enhancement etc - €200,000
Ferbane - Streetscape, parking and signage works - €100,000
Geashill - Completion of undergrounding of overhead wire etc - €100,000
Kinnitty - Village Enhancements - €100,000
Rhode Village - Village enhancements - €100,000
Shannonbridge - Public realm improvements - €100,000
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said: “Over 220 rural towns and villages are getting really positive news today. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of the Government’s work to rejuvenate rural Ireland and is having a significant impact on towns and villages across the country."
“The benefit of previous funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now being felt countrywide and I am delighted to be able to allocate a further €21.2 million for projects in 224 towns and villages right across rural Ireland. Almost €53 million has been approved for more than 670 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016," the Minister added.
“As well as supporting initiatives which support enterprise and job creation, the scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live, work and visit."
“I am delighted with the response which I received to the call for proposals this year. I want to thank the Local Authorities for their efforts and co-operation in engaging with local communities to identify these projects. Once again most of the funding will benefit towns and villages, with populations of less than 5,000 people," he continued.