COUNTY COUNCIL TO INVEST €2M IN GOREY’S MARKET HOUSE
A MAJOR investment in the Market House is one of the stand-out projects Wexford County Council has committed to in the Gorey region over the next four years.
The council will invest €2m into the landmark Gorey town building as part of the Wexford County Council Economic and Community Investment Programme, details of which were seen by this newspaper.
The local authority is in the process of distributing 60,000 leaflets to homes across the county outlining the economic stimulus projects being undertaken by the council.
The Market House will see a redevelopment of €2m, but plans for the historic building have not been finalised yet according to Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Cllr Joe Sullivan.
Another major project, which should be completed in the next two years, is the renovation of the existing town park and showgrounds. Costing in the region of €1.8m, the new park will have extensive landscaping and planting with many attractions including a café, circuit training area, boules, additional seating, picnic and leisure area, splash pool and wetlands area.
Cllr Sullivan said the exciting project will be a destination park for those who are travelling through the town.
‘The town is facing a period of rapid expansion,’ added Cllr Sullivan. ‘The projects will help lay the ground for that expansion and will help make the town vibrant and an enjoyable place to live.’
In the district, there is a huge village renewal programme in progress at the moment for Camolin, Ferns and Craanford.
Under the Town and Village Renewal programme, Craanford will be allocated €160,000; Camolin and Ferns Village Enhancement will be given €141,000.
‘The Ferns Norman Heritage Project is in progress as well,’ added Cllr Sullivan.
Cllr Sullivan said it is hoped to have the footpath from Gorey to Courtown completed as it has been given €500,000.
‘We might insert a footbridge across the Ounavarra river as well,’ said Cllr Sullivan.
The M11 Business Campus is partially complete and costing around €5m. The new business park has the employment capacity of 1000 people. It will include the Hatch Lab, an Innovation, Technology and Start-Up Space creating an IT eco-system in the region to develop and grow new businesses in this area. The Hatch Lab is already in place and open for business.
The ambitious programme will see the delivery of dozens of major infrastructure projects in Gorey, job creation opportunities and flagship community facilities.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr John Hegarty said much of the work is already under way, including Gorey Town Renewal, €500,000; Wexford Coastal Path, €3.3m; Gorey Minor Flood Works, €300,000; Gorey Town Public Realm Plan, €100,000; and Improvements at Gorey Fire Station, €350,000.
Projects nearing completion include: Kilanerin and Ballyfad Renewal Project, €120,000; Re-Instatement of the Avenue, €250,000; Gorey Regional Water Supply, €9m; Gorey/Courtown Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, €7.75m; Courtown Harbour Refurbishment, €1.7m; Courtown Community Complex, €1.1m; Courtown Coastal Protection and Marina, €1m; Red Row Footpaths Courtown, €160,000; Gorey Inner Relief Road, €600,000; Esmonde St Improvement Works, €600,000; Gorey Hockey Pitch, €150,000; and N11 Cycle Path, €200,000.
Communications Officer David Minogue said the public can look forward to further substantial progress being made, not just in relation to the projects within the Gorey town and district, but on all our investments projects across the county.
Gorey Market House on the Main Street will see a €2m redevelopment.