€2M to be spent on town Quays revamp
TWo million euro is to be spent revamping Wexford Quays, the project jointly funded by the government and the county council.
The €1 million government contribution is part of €40 million in European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant assistance for local authorities for designated gateway and hub towns across Ireland.
Minister Brendan Howlin said the funding was very good news for Wexford.
'Specifically, €1 million has been allocated to Wexford County Council to redevelop and improve Wexford Quayfront and Crescent. This funding will enable a major upgrading of this iconic part of Wexford Town,' he said.
In Wexford, the money will be spent on upgrades to the Quays and Crescent, including Trinity Wharf and related public realm areas
Former Mayor Cllr George Lawlor said: 'I very much welcome this investment which will along with Council in investment both here and at Trinity Wharf will greatly enhance Wexford's premier civic space. Allied to the recent purchase of Stonebridge by Pettitts the entire area will become a major hub for business, tourism and locals alike.'
The overall scheme will enable investments in sustainable transport and urban regeneration measures in Irish urban centres to the tune of €127 million for the period 2014-2020. ERDF is providing €40 million to the projects, which are co-funded by the local authorities.
The aim of the ERDF Scheme is to improve the urban environment and revitalise Irish urban areas. It makes capital funding available to tackle social, economic, environmental, climate and demographic challenges and to contribute to an improvement in the development potential of Irish urban centres.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly said:
'This investment in sustainable urban development recognises our cities and towns as the engines of the regional economy.'