Thursday, 31st October 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Funding of €200,000, the largest single allocation in Galway, has been approved for the development of footpaths and cycleways in Oranmore as part of a project that will improve connectivity between the town, public transport and social amenities for cyclists and pedestrians.
The allocation was made under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme following representations made by local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton, who said the work would improve the town for locals, visitors and commuters.
A new footpath and cycleway will link the town to the train station on the Coast Road, while Deerpark Industrial Estate will also be connected by improved pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.
Pathways will also be developed on the Old Limerick Road, linking the town to schools and other social amenities in the vicinity.
Funding has also been provided to redevelop a green space in the Town Centre.
“This will make it safer and more convenient for locals and visitors to access the many facilities and amenities that Oranmore has to offer,” said Deputy Naughton.
“The increased connectivity will also make public transport a more viable option for the many commuters who travel to work in the town and its surrounding industrial areas, which will have a positive impact on traffic and the environment.
“It also makes the town more attractive and accessible for tourists, which is obviously beneficial for the local economy,” added the Galway West TD, who is from Oranmore.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme supports rural communities with populations of less than 10,000 through projects that are designed to have a viable, long-term benefit.
“The scheme was launched in 2016 and has already had a tangible impact on many small communities around the country as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development,” said Deputy Naughton.
“The revitalisation of rural towns and villages has been a top priority of mine, and of this Government, since the last election. This latest investment is another small step towards making small towns more attractive places in which to live and work.”
Almost €53 million has been invested in over 670 projects around the country since the Town and Village Renewal Scheme was introduced in 2016. These have included job-creation initiatives and infrastructure upgrades.
“I’m very pleased to have been able to secure funding for this purpose in Oranmore,” said Deputy Naughton. “Many local residents and businesses had contacted me regarding the need for investment in this area, and I am confident that they will benefit from the work that will now be carried out.”