Edgeworthstown regeneration plans to be stepped up

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Edgeworthstown

Edgeworthstown and its planned future regeneration will be the main topic up for discussion at a special council meeting this Friday.

Rural regeneration and plans to set in motion a blueprint for the revitalisation of Edgeworthstown will be top of the agenda at a special meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District this week.

Local politicians are expected to pass a Part VIII planning report with a view to initiating a public consultation process as part of its plans.

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Developments carried out by a local authority are often referred to as 'Part 8' with council bosses keen on maintaining its countywide regeneration drive.

Included in this are designs on the upgrading and alteration of the existing public realm, footpath improvements, tree planting, street furniture and lighting, undergrounding of public wires, tabletop pedestrian crossing as well as alterations to car parking and signage.

Ahead of that meeting and in a statement contained on the agenda for the meeting, the Council said it remained very much focused on ensuring Edgeworthstown was well catered for as part of its regeneration focus.

“The proposed development forms an integral part of a wider regeneration plan to provide a focal point within the town centre, improving pedestrian accessibility, connectivity and amenity within Edgeworthstown overall,” it said.

Cllr Paul Ross said there was a possibly greater aspect at play.

“The Department has been working with the Council to secure funding from the Rural Regeneration Fund.

“It's (meeting) really to make sure we have all our ducks in line to make sure nothing holds up our application to secure funding."