Call for regeneration plan to be extended
to Ballymahon

Call for regeneration plan to be  extended 
to Ballymahon
Proposals for the extension of the Regeneration Programme in Longford town into Ballymahon were discussed at the Ballymahon Municipal District meeting this week.

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).

“Given what’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,” Cllr Mick Cahill (FF) affirmed.

“There 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.”

Cllr Cahill added: “We need right leadership and I would see the regeneration officer playing a pivotal role in all of this.”

Cllr Gerard Farrell (FG) supported the motion.

“This is a great idea; a regeneration officer has been appointed in Longford town and the main towns in the county should not be forgotten,” he added.

“Ballymahon is a town on the radar with tourism coming to it; it is a town with great potential.

“These 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.”

Both Cllr Paul Ross (FG) and Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Pat O’Toole also threw their weight behind the proposal.

“Regeneration should be a countywide thing - not just something focused on Longford town” newly appointed Cathaoirleach, Cllr Colm Murray (FG) told members.

“The regeneration officer will bring a new approach to our county.

“A 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.”

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,

“We see regeneration as a countywide project and the Limerick model is one that we will follow.”