The €9.2m allocated today under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund will make Roscommon Town a better place in which to live and work and will lead to further private sector investment post-Covid, according to Denis Naughten TD.
Deputy Naughten, who was one of the authors of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund established by the last Government, pointed out: “The overall objective of the funding allocated to Roscommon Town is to encourage people to walk around the town and also to see vacant space in the town centre redeveloped.”
The project consists of four spokes with the town centre the key focal point or hub. These 4 spokes are:
- Spoke 1 – creation of a Civic Square, linking the new Linear Park on Circular Road to the Market Square and Main Street Commercial Hub
- Spoke 2 – activating backlands of Main Street through pedestrian links for town centre living
- Spoke 3 – development of opportunities for social infrastructure in the brownfield sites of Henry Street and Church Street
- Spoke 4 – creation of pedestrian and cycle routes to create a low-carbon transport county town
“The core objective of the Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund is to try to build on the existing strengths of each town, and there is no doubt that over the last 12 months more and more people are walking around our town,” commented Denis Naughten.
“The town, Loughnaneane Park and Mote Park are key public amenities not just for the town itself but a large rural catchment. With these investments, and further investments to be announced, we hope to make Roscommon and our county a far more attractive place to visit within Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.
“This investment, along with the €5m upgrading works currently underway in the town, as well as the completion of the delivery of fibre broadband to homes and businesses in the town and rural areas around Roscommon in the coming months, is set to attract further significant investment in our town as the overall economy recovers post-Covid later this year,” concluded Denis Naughten.