BLOW FOR MONAGHAN AS "CULTURAL QUARTER" PROJECT FAILS TO SECURE EUROPEAN FUNDING

20 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Dissapointment spread at Monaghan Town Council’s Monday night meeting when members were informed that the authority’s bid to secure a possible €2.5 million in funding for the development of what was previously described as a new “cultural quarter” for the town in the Dublin Street/Old Cross Square area had been unsuccessful.
The Council had convened a special meeting in February last to give approval to submitting the proposal – part of a cross-Border link-up with Armagh City Council – for consideration for backing under the INTERREG IVA programme.
The plan, which embraced development proposals contained in an Area Action Plan for the location, visualised the transformation of land to the rear of Dublin Street and leading into Old Cross Square into a new public space that would serve as a venue for festivals, markets, musical and cultural performances, and which would also have a commercial and recreational dimension.
But correspondence circulated at Monday night’s meeting from the East Border Region’s Chief Executive Pamela Arthurs indicated that the Monaghan project was not successful in progressing to the second stage of the assessment process following a meeting of the Special European Union Programmes Body’s (SEUPB) Steering Committee.
“I know that this is very disappointing,” Ms Arthurs wrote, “but would point out that SEUPB received 91 applications with a value of approximately €232 million. There is between €30 and €40 million in the pot. Thus many projects did not proceed to Stage 2.”
The East Border Region Chief Executive pointed out that a “feedback surgery day” for unsuccessful applicants was taking place on Wednesday, April 18.
Referring to the correspondence, Donal Sherry stated that following the special meeting at which the development …

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