Pop­u­lar tracks and trails need on­go­ing main­te­nance

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

ONE of the main roles of the Ru­ral So­cial Scheme (RSS) is to main­tain and im­prove lo­cal ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the main­te­nance and en­hance­ment of walk­ing trails.

Com­mu­ni­ties also ben­e­fit from the skills and tal­ents of the RSS work­ers in terms of de­vel­op­ing new walks and re­lated infrastructure. Deirdre Kennedy ac­knowl­edged the con­tin­ued work of the Ru­ral So­cial Scheme staff in terms of the on­go­ing trail main­te­nance which has to be un­der­taken, what­ever the weather!

She says: “The walk­ing prod­uct has ex­pe­ri­enced ma­jor growth in the past num­ber of years in terms of both the do­mes­tic and over­seas mar­ket and the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment in this area will drive tourism and job cre­ation in Sligo and the North West.”

There is con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial for the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the ru­ral re­cre­ation sec­tor through tar­geted in­vest­ment in infrastructure and co-or­di­na­tion.

Deirdre ex­plains: “With the com­bi­na­tion of im­prove­ments to the ex­ist­ing trails and the new de­vel­op­ments un­der­way we have the po­ten­tial to place County Sligo at the fore­front of ru­ral re­cre­ation tourism in the coun­try.

“We are de­lighted to see the im­prove­ment works start­ing to take shape and we wel­come any feed­back from walk­ers with re­gard to the trails.”

Both the Walks Scheme and the post of the Ru­ral Re­cre­ation Of­fi­cer are di­rectly funded by the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment through Sligo LEADER Part­ner­ship with sup­port from Fáilte Ire­land. Works are un­der­taken in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sligo County Coun­cil and Coillte. The de­vel­op­ment of Sligo Walks is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of what part­ner­ship en­deav­our on the part of all sec­tors.

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