€100,000 TO FUND NUMBER OF CLONES PROJECTS

2 December 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Clones is set to benefit from €100,000 funding as part of Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys Regeneration Programme for Rural Towns.

The money, announced this week under her Department’s Rural Economic Development Zones Programme, will fund a number of projects in the town including the development of a new greenway / walkway along the route of the Ulster Canal bank. This will provide a pedestrian link for residents on the Scotshouse-Newbliss road to the play park and tourism centre at the Ulster Canal Stores.

Work will also be carried out to combat dereliction in Clones. This will include the provision of a new car park in the town centre which will make access to local shops and services much more convenient for visitors to the town. Further work will be done to improve the attractiveness of Clones as a location for new businesses/entrepreneurs to start up. This will be done through the development of office and industrial workspaces within the town.

“The final aspect of the project will see Clones marketed as a Heritage Town. There is a wealth of heritage and tourist attractions in Clones but it is clear these need to be branded in a more efficient manner in order to attract tourists to the town. This aspect of the project will see the development of a unique brand for Clones to include a new digital app as well as increased way-marked routes and signage within the town,” commented Minister Humphreys.

Cathaoirleach of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District Pat Treanor welcomed the funding and commended the work that the Municipal District staff and councillors and the local community had put into the funding application.

“This money will assist with the economic development of the town and local area,” commented Councillor Treanor.
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