Proposals for the extension of the Regeneration Programme in Longford town into Ballymahon were discussed at the Ballymahon Municipal District meeting this week.
The issue was discussed following a motion from Cllr Mick Cahill (FF).
â€œGiven whatâ€™s going on at council level - we are appointing someone to be in charge of regeneration - it is as important here in Ballymahon as it is in Longford town,â€ Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) affirmed.
â€œThere is plenty of room for improvement in Ballymahon - there are housing issues as well as the provision and improvement of facilities in the area, and with the arrival now of Center Parcs, we must be proactive as a council in our development of local business and cottage industry.â€
Cllr Cahill added: â€œWe need right leadership and I would see the regeneration officer playing a pivotal role in all of this.â€
Cllr Gerard Farrell (FG) supported the motion.
â€œThis is a great idea; a regeneration officer has been appointed in Longford town and the main towns in the county should not be forgotten,â€ he added.
â€œBallymahon is a town on the radar with tourism coming to it; it is a town with great potential.
â€œThese are the towns that we want to see our young people living in, socialising in and shopping in, so I think this proposal is very, very important.â€
Both Cllr Paul Ross (FG) and Fianna FÃ¡ilâ€™s Cllr Pat Oâ€™Toole also threw their weight behind the proposal.
â€œRegeneration should be a countywide thing - not just something focused on Longford townâ€ newly appointed Cathaoirleach, Cllr Colm Murray (FG) told members.
â€œThe regeneration officer will bring a new approach to our county.
â€œA shining example of how regeneration works is Limerick. All you have to do is look at it to see how beneficial regeneration is to an area.â€
In response, Director of Services, Longford Co Council, Barry Lynch told members that the local authority had gotten the sanction to install a regeneration officer,
â€œWe see regeneration as a countywide project and the Limerick model is one that we will follow.â€