Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GA­HAN

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.

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