15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister Fergus O’Dowd, Minister of State in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and Gerry Lavery, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development jointly launched the Clones Erne East Blackwater Rural Regeneration (CEEB) Project in the Ulster Canal Stores, Clones yesterday, Wednesday 13th June.
This project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme and is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Funding is also being provided by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland and Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Ireland.
The CEEB project is principally a pre-development project which aims to ensure that communities on or close to the Ulster Canal will be in a position to benefit from its restoration.
It also seeks to focus on the natural beauty and natural resources of the area and harness them to act as a catalyst for rural regeneration. This will be achieved through investment in heritage and walking trails and in angling infrastructure in the region.
Welcoming the EU funded project Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the SEUPB, said: “This multi-faceted cross-border regeneration initiative will have a positive long-term impact upon the local area. It will enhance the development of villages and towns along the Ulster Canal, which have an essential role to play in supporting rural life.”
Mr Colgan added that upon completion the project will significantly increase …

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