Approval in Principle for over €16 million worth of projects
MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED BY CRANMORE REGENERATION
Media release 11th February 2016:
Department commends Cranmore Regeneration Project
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has advised Sligo County Council that it ‘welcomes the actions emerging from the Cranmore Master-planning process and the levels of community support demonstrated in the consultations’, and that it commends ‘all those involved in the achievements to date’. The Council now has ‘Stage 1 Approval in Principle for over €16 million worth of projects.’
The Department identified thirteen projects for Regeneration funding: these projects include investments in energy efficiency, housing improvements, improvements to local roads, environmental improvements, sports pitches and a contribution to a centre to meet local needs. The Department has also indicated that it ‘continues to support the social and economic pillars of the Regeneration process in Cranmore’ building on collaboration with other agencies.
The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady welcomed the Department’s comments; ‘The Cranmore Regeneration Team and the local community are to be commended for their outstanding work in developing a range of projects. This has been an exemplary model of partnership and active engagement, with everyone’s contribution valued, and this positive interaction with the community will continue as the projects are rolled out.’
Sligo County Council Chief Executive Ciarán Hayes said ‘While the detailed nature of the various projects still has to be agreed, this funding is very welcome news for the Regeneration Project. The projects indicated for Regeneration funding are in line with the priorities identified by the local community. We hope to publish the Final Masterplan in the summer, this funding news will guide the Implementation Strategy for Regeneration. This has been an exemplary team effort and we look forward to building on the significant progress made to date.’
Cranmore Community Representatives Michelle McMorrow and Sue Mahon said they are delighted with the news from the Department; ‘It is really important for the whole community to benefit from this significant investment. We wish to acknowledge all the hard work that was done to get this far by all the Cranmore Residents Associations, staff and volunteers in Cranmore Co- op, Regeneration project and the Independent Community Liaison Officer Maeve McCormack’.