Last week, almost €4-million of funding was announced for several urban regeneration projects in Roscommon, Longford, and Leitrim. Longford town centre is due to receive €1-million in funding for its ‘Longford connected project’ which will see a link road built between Little Water St and Richmond St. Longford is also due to benefit with public realm improvements on Grafton Court and in the shopping centre area, as well as new footpaths around the Market Square area. €2.89-million was confirmed for Carrick-on-Shannon for public realm enhancements with its funding coming from the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. While just €780,000 in urban regeneration funding has been ear-marked for the Market Square and Main Street area in Roscommon Town.
The plans to develop greater pedestrian walkways in Carrick-on-Shannon are set to begin next year. Leitrim County Council has been granted almost €2.9 million to begin the first phase of an €8-million regeneration plan. The regeneration plans include an extension to the boardwalk past the boat companies on St George’s Terrace, moving the town clock tower slightly to be more visible from all streets, and improving the entry to market yard. There are also hopes that the local authority can acquire lands at ‘Flynn’s field’, which they intend to develop into extra car parking spaces and open up access to the town through the arches which lead to and from Main Street.
Hopes are high in Longford that works on the county town’s major regeneration project will begin early next year. The funding of €1-million has been earmarked for Grafton Court and the shopping centre area as well as St Mel’s Road and the Market Square, as part of urban regeneration and development funding. The regeneration project includes plans to develop a link road between Little Water St and Richmond St. It is expected that this link road will open up access to further development lands in the town.
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