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NWRA allocates €4.5million to urban projects the Midland Region

Published: 2nd February 2016

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) announced the allocation of €14 million in funds to projects in seven cities and towns in which it administers EU funding – the area known as the Border, Midlands and Western region (BMW).

The new investment is through the European Regional Development Fund’s Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme.

The ERDF, through the Designated Urban Areas Grant Scheme, supports local authorities in improving and revitalising urban areas.

The NWRA, with the Southern Regional Assembly, is allocating the €40 million fund for nationwide projects. With the works to be match-funded by the local authorities’ own resources, the total investment is €127 million.

The total awarded by the NWRA in the BWM region is €14million.

In the Midland Region, the following projects were awarded funding:

Athlone:

*€1.5million for Church Street Enhancement
The project involves enhanced pedestrian facilities and public spaces through a rearrangement of the layout of the street using high quality pavement materials and street furniture including lighting.

Mullingar Town Centre

*€1.5 million for enhancement of town civic areas and linkages between them.
The focus of this initiative is to make the town centre a distinctive and attractive place to live and work, with an urban design to promote quality of the public realm, ease of movement, legibility through development that provides recognisable routes, adaptability through development that can respond to changing social, technological and economic conditions, diversity and choice, continuity and enclosure and character in townscape.

Tullamore:
*€1.5 million for Street Enhancement Project
The money is granted for a focused facelift project to enhance the central streets of Tullamore, to include a new pedestrian link from Distillery Lane to Millennium Square requiring a new pedestrian bridge, to provide new undergrounding cables, new paving, lighting, street furniture, planting, new layout of public areas including wider footpaths and increased pedestrian priority

Mr Gerry Finn, director of the NWRA, said: “Funding is provided by the Assembly from European Regional Development Funds and represents a strategic investment in the urban development of the identified key drivers of economic growth in our Region. A total of €14m from these Funds is leveraging €52m in urban development projects across the region. 

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