31 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

THE news that a Co Monaghan based contractor has been awarded the tender to carry out upgrading works to the Ulster Canal Stores and the Cara Street playground in Clones as part of the €1.6 million Clones Erne East Blackwater Project was warmly welcomed by members of Clones Town Council at a meeting last week.

An informative presentation was made to councillors by Project Co-ordinator Sean O’Roideain. Mr O’Roideain explained that the work, which is due to begin next month, would see an upgrade of the Canal Stores to include an extension on to the back of the existing building, new toilets, a new courtyard and a new kitchen and dining area.

This work is being carried out to complement the restablishment of the Ulster Canal from Wattlebridge in Co Fermanagh to Clones and when completed in spring next year is sure to attract locals and visitors alike.

The project is 100% funded by the Interreg Programme IVa, administered by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Project partners are Clones Development Society, Monaghan County Council and Fermanagh District Council.

The existing playground will be upgraded with additional play equipment and special needs equipment will also be provided. The upgraded playground will cater for children from the ages of 2 – 14 and will include a number of interactive pieces of play equipment.

In order to improve and provide safer access to the upgraded playground area, a small car park will be developed within the town park.

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