THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today confirmed that funding of €2.585 million has been approved to two projects in Castlebar under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund.
A sum of €938,000 has been confirmed to extend the Greenway in the town centre with links through the military barracks and the Mall. This is a category A project.
A grant €1,647,000 has also been allocated in principle to commence work on the restoration of Castlebar Military Barracks as a category B project.
Although this funding is initially shared with the three other initiatives, it will help start delivering concrete results next year.
The Greenway funding will see the pathway being extended from Bridge Street into the Castle Street carpark, via the Elverys Sports/Bridge St. Bar laneway, into the military barracks site with pathways leading to the Mall, in one direction, and the Turlough Greenway in the other direction.
The two allocations are designed to help Castlebar become a more attractive and vibrant place in which people choose to live and work, as well as to invest.
Stated Minister Ring: "Project Ireland 2040 established four new funds earlier this year with a combined allocation of €4billion nationally to 2027.
"The fund is the largest urban regeneration initiative in Ireland for decades and was established to support more compact and sustainable development, through the regeneration of and rejuvenation of Ireland’s cities and large towns, in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040."
An application was also made in respect of the refurbishment of the former Post Office at Mountain View in the town and provision of a Youth Cafe.