Rural Regeneration Development Fund: Funding allocated for projects in Ballinamore and Manorhamilton.
Cllr Enda McGloin, Cathaoirleach, Leitrim Co Council, has warmly welcomed the decision of Minister Michael Ring T.D. for Rural and Community Development to award €3.33m euro to 2 projects that will cost €4.45m which is a massive investment in Co Leitrim.
"As public representatives we are reminded every day of the need to revitalise our town and village centres - this funding is directed at town centre renewal in the case of Manorhamilton and in the case of Ballinamore the junction projects brings to life a derelict school/railway station into a substantial project for the town.
I fully commend the communities involved and the staff of Leitrim County Council for their hard work in putting together the excellent applications and Minister Michael Ring who continues to demonstrate his commitment to rural Ireland and County Leitrim”.
The Junction Regeneration Project for Ballinamore will restore and regenerate two listed buildings and a derelict site in the centre of the town to provide a digital hub and co-working space, an artistic space for promotion of local arts and crafts and a youth facility. The project will preserve and capitalise on local heritage assets and address the need for more social activities and facilities for people in the area. The total cost of the project is estimated at €2.3 million with funding being provided through the Rural Regeneration fund of €1.72 million.
The second successful project for County Leitrim is Public Realm Improvement works in Manorhamilton and re-imaging Employment and Enterprise Lands. This project will deliver a suite of transformative regeneration measures in the town centre of Manorhamilton, with the objectives of enhancing the quality of the existing streetscapes in the historic town centre and strengthening the town’s physical and commercial infrastructure, making it a more attractive place to work, live and do business. The total cost of the project is estimated at €2.15 million with funding being provided through the Rural Regeneration fund of €1.61 million.