Wel­come for €6m in funds

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW will be pro­vided with over €6m as part of three projects un­der the Ur­ban Re­gen­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment Fund.

€3,450,000 has been al­lo­cated for a pub­lic trans­port bridge in Bray which will go across the River Dar­gle, link­ing Bray golf lands to the town cen­tre.

€1,645,000 has been al­lo­cated to Ark­low His­toric Town Core and will go to­ward the trans­for­ma­tion of the ex­ist­ing streetscape. The fund­ing will also be used to ren­o­vate Ark­low Court­house to pro­vide a re­mod­elled court ser­vice area and a dig­i­tal hub/hot desk space. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start in the third quar­ter of 2019.

€1,626,000 will be pro­vided for the up­grade and re­gen­er­a­tion of Fitzwilliam Square and the sur­round­ing ar­eas in Wick­low town. The fund­ing al­lo­cated will also cover the re­lo­ca­tion of Wick­low Town Li­brary to the old Ul­ster Bank and the en­hance­ment of the pub­lic realm.

Se­nior En­gi­neer Mar­garet Hart­nett ad­dressed Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing and com­pared neigh­bour­ing coun­ties and their al­lo­ca­tion with the Gar­den County. Kil­dare re­ceived €3.5m, Car­low €945,000, Wex­ford €2m and Meath €6.8m.

Con­struc­tion works for the new li­brary are ex­pected to take around ten months to com­plete and the project should be fin­ished by Fe­bru­ary of 2020.

It is hoped to com­mence work on Fitzwilliam Square in Septem­ber of 2019, with a fin­ish date of March 2020.

Cllr Gail Dunne said Wick­low town was in bad need of a new li­brary.

‘When the build­ing was for the li­brary was first pur­chased it was a huge leap of faith. Now it looks like it will come to fruition. Hope­fully it will bring the li­brary ser­vice in Wick­low up to the stan­dard of other towns. In the past there have been is­sues with Fitzwilliam Square but we re­or­gan­ised the plan and now the peo­ple of the town are very ex­cited to see this project go ahead’.

Cllr Shay Cullen said: ‘This will be great for Wick­low town, which has en­dured a lot of is­sues re­cently, not least over the past few weeks with the Grand shut­ting as a ho­tel. Fitzwilliam Square has had a che­quered his­tory, but thank­fully agree­ment was reached and this fund­ing is very wel­come. Wick­low town needs an over­haul and this is a start’.

A graphic artist’s im­pres­sion of the plans for Ark­low court­house.

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