Cavan County Council has secured €787,500 under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) for the Kingscourt Town Centre Regeneration project.
Published on: 25 Jun 2020
Speaking following today’s announcement, Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Mr Tommy Ryan, hailed the funding as “a great result for County Cavan”.
“A lot of hard work and planning has gone into this project for the regeneration of Kingscourt Town and it is great to see this long-term strategic planning bearing fruit. In particular the, Town and Village Revitalisation plans, which have been developed in consultation with local communities to act as blueprints for the development and enhancement of our Towns and Villages over the next ten to fifteen years.
“In conjunction with other strategic plans such as the County Development Plan and the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), these documents will enhance and improve town and village functions both on a day to day basis, while also improving the long term socio-economic, cultural and environmental benefits for residents, businesses, communities and visitors.”
“I am delighted that the Department of Rural and Community Development has seen the potential of this project to revive and regenerate this historic town,” added Mr Ryan.
Announcing the funding today, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring said, “The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund represents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver the scale of investment necessary to allow rural communities to further develop and prosper”.
“This investment is more important than ever to help address the challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis and to drive economic recovery and sustainable development in rural areas.
“The Category Two funding I am announcing today is for projects that require further development to make them ready for construction. There can be significant work and expense involved in getting projects to the point where they are ready to be delivered. This support is critical to ensure that a pipeline of ambitious regeneration projects is ready to hit the ground running in the future.”
The application was submitted by Cavan County Council in partnership with Kingscourt Community Development Association, Local Enterprise Office Cavan, and Cavan County Local Development,
The key objectives of this overall proposal are for the following;
Redesign of Main Street, between Market Square and the Kells Road Roundabout, to allow for increased civic space in the town
Provision of off-street carparking in the town
Addressing dereliction to include painting the façade of all buildings in the town core.
Potential for opening up “backlands” for development in the town core such as housing.
To achieve sustainable population growth of 20% from 2020 to 2040. (0.76% per annum).
To increase employment by 1.5% per annum.
Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor Sarah O’Reilly expressed her delight at the news, saying “This is a wonderful development for Kingscourt and the East Cavan area. This funding will pave the way for the regeneration of the town as a vibrant, modern urban space, while retaining its historic charm. I congratulate all at Cavan County Council and its project partners for their efforts in bringing this ambitious application to fruition.”
The West of the County is also set to benefit from RRDF funding with the news that Fáilte Ireland has been successful in its application for the Beara-Breifne Way, a recreational trail that runs through Counties Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, and Cavan.