Labour in­cludes Drogheda plan in bud­get pro­posal

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

SE­NA­TOR Ged Nash has con­firmed that the Labour Party has in­cluded plans to ex­tend the Liv­ing Cities ini­tia­tive to Drogheda in its Al­ter­na­tive Bud­get pro­pos­als.

The Mayor of Drogheda Pio Smith nd Se­na­tor Nash have worked closely to­gether to pro­mote the ex­ten­sion of the tar­geted ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion scheme to the town.

Se­na­tor Nash said, “Labour is the only party to have in­cluded this pro­posal in our costed pre-Bud­get al­ter­na­tive. The scheme cur­rently ap­plies to the much smaller town of Kilkenny and we will know in this week’s Bud­get if Fine Gael and the In­de­pen­dent Al­liance will de­liver for Drogheda on this im­por­tant town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion ini­tia­tive.

Mayor Pio Smith ex­plained, “I have made this is­sue a pri­or­ity since my elec­tion as Mayor. I have held a very suc­cess­ful pub­lic meet­ing to ex­plain the ben­e­fits of this scheme to prop­erty own­ers, land­lords and com­mu­nity groups and how our town cen­tre could be trans­formed if the Liv­ing Cities ini­tia­tive is ex­tended to Drogheda.

“This fo­cussed scheme pro­vides in­cen­tives to own­ers and land­lords of pre-1915 build­ings to con­vert ‘over the shop’ space for res­i­den­tial pur­poses.

“It would help to re­solve our hous­ing cri­sis and would trans­form our his­toric town cen­tre into a vi­brant, 24-7 liv­ing area.”

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