Thursday, June 25, 2020

The old railway bridge in Newport as viewed from the town park.

The redevelopment of historical buildings in the towns of Newport and Ballyhaunis is at the centre of more than €500,000 in funding which is today being awarded to what are hailed as “landmark projects” for Mayo.
A new Enterprise Hub workspace facility and a new Tourism Office has been planned for local authority/community-owned derelict buildings at Barrack Hill in Newport while in Ballyhaunis, the former convent school on Abbey Street has been earmarked for community use as a workspace hub and to support local social enterprises.
Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has allocated €355,764 to support the Newport Regeneration Project and €168,352 to Ballyhaunis Community Vision.
The money is also intended for other development works in the two towns. In Newport, more paved public open spaces, wider footpaths, safe pedestrian crossings, improved disability access, off-road cycling routes and general streetscape enhancements, including ‘Dark Skies-friendly’ public lighting, are planned.
In addition to the redevelopment of the former convent school, the Ballyhaunis Community Vision project will involve creating a new public plaza adjoining the community hub building and a new pedestrian bridge connecting the plaza to the public swimming pool. Restoration of the existing riverside walk along the River Dalgan, the creation of a new circular walking route through the town, and provision of a new cover and heating facilities at the public outdoor swimming pool is also in the pipeline.
“Each project has wonderful potential and I have no doubt that when brought to fruition they will bring great benefits to the local communities in Newport and Ballyhaunis,” said Minister Ring.
To date, over €12 million has been awarded to 14 Mayo projects through the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.
“This level of funding for rural communities is quite simply unprecedented and I have no doubt that the projects delivered through the fund will enable rural communities throughout Ireland to grow and prosper,” Minister Ring added.
“I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in our rural communities in Mayo and make them vibrant places for families to live.”

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