Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects nationwide

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Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects nationwide

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Kells
Ratoath

Oldcastle Town Centre, Co. Meath - €854,502:  This project involves the development of plans for public realm upgrades to the town square including connecting roads and spaces. Plans for the vacant Fairgreen area will include an outdoor area, plaza and bowling green. The plan aims to modernise and upgrade the social, economic and heritage assets of the area and create a renewed public space at the heart of the community which will attract visitors.

Dunshaughlin Courthouse and Town Centre - €952,600: The project will develop plans for the refurbishment of the Courthouse for use as a multi-purpose community space as well as public realm works along two adjacent roads to improve pedestrian safety, traffic flow and parking. The project aims to improve the heritage, social and economic assets of the area and renew the public realm to create a more attractive town centre space which will further drive activity.

Commenting on the funding announcement for Meath, Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council Cllr. Sean Drew said ‘The Council is committed to driving these types of investments in our town centres throughout Meath, which will leverage other investments and enable our towns to grow and prosper. The dedicated work of our Regeneration Team together with the collaboration of the local communities has led to the successful announcement today for Oldcastle and Dunshaughlin.  I would like to commend all involved for the work in developing these exciting projects, to thank the Minister for the confidence placed in the potential of Meath and look forward to similar investments in the future for town centres across our county. 

 

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €21.5 million for 27 landmark regeneration projects in rural communities across the country.

The funding, under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), is being invested in projects that will rejuvenate town centres, drive economic growth and footfall, combat dereliction, develop pedestrian zones and outdoor spaces and boost tourism in Rural Ireland.

The funding being announced today will bring two Meath projects through the development stage and to the point where they are ready to commence works.

Oldcastle Town Centre

The main focus of the proposal is the town square central to Oldcastle, where the Council intends to create a renewed public space that will be the heart of the community, as well as a space that will attract and guide visitors to and around the area. The Public Realm Plan has been received positively by local residents and stakeholders and is in its final stages of consultation. The proposal includes upgrades to the public realm, landscaping and streets of the town square as well as the surrounding connecting roads and spaces that form the town. The proposal diagram below shows the extent of the scheme.

Oldcastle Town Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The proposal also seeks to develop the Fairgreen area of Oldcastle. Located adjacent to Oldcastle town centre, the area is unused and vacant but could be developed into a, vibrant outdoor civic space, a busy plaza where all the various age groups in Oldcastle can meet and have something to do, or just sit and chat. From a toddler’s playground to a bowling green, and appropriate landscaping, the development will transform the area for the people of Oldcastle.

Fairgreen Oldcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With support of the RRDF, the Category 2 proposal will be developed into a Category 1 proposal. The receipt of funding will enable the appointment of an experienced consultant project team who will work together with Meath County Council to build upon the Category 2 design as set out in the Public Realm Plan to prepare a more detailed final design that it is ready for construction.

To develop the Category 1 proposal, further engagement and public consultation sessions will take place to ensure the needs of all stakeholders are fully addressed, and to confirm that all potential user groups have been consulted on the plan before the design is finalised and the proposal is implemented. Any relevant additional comments on how the design should be progressed or changed will be taken into consideration in the finalisation of the Public Realm Plan.

Following on from this, the design of the town square and the surrounding roadways will be developed into a final proposal that is ready for construction. Meath County Council have a strong track record in delivering public realm projects and it is anticipated that the Category 1 proposal will be implemented and designed to a successful outcome on the ground.

Cathaoirleach of Kells MD, Cllr. Mike Bray said ‘This investment will modernise and upgrade the social, economic and heritage assets of Oldcastle. This is critical work in supporting the community and cultural development of Oldcastle as a vibrant and creative settlement that is a great place to live in, to invest in and to visit. This is a very important endorsement by government of the importance of investing in our rural towns to strengthen them as key service centres that can properly meet the needs of the wider rural population.

 

Dunshaughlin Courthouse and Town Centre

The proposal focuses on roadways and spaces around The Dales and Main Street within Dunshaughlin, where the Council plans to create a renewed public realm that will be the focal point of the community and will better direct visitors to the area.

The Public Realm proposals focus on the old Courthouse building on Main Street which is aligned with the junction with The Dales acting as a landmark and gateway building in Dunshaughlin. The project includes the refurbishment of the building as well as the renewal of the large public space in front of the building. At a wider scale, a consistent and upgraded public realm is proposed along the two roads included in the site, including regular crossing points, a reduced carriageway width, improved footpaths, new greening interventions and better integrated parking spaces.

Dunshaughlin Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Category 2 proposal will be developed into a Category 1 proposal with the support of the RRDF. The provision of the funding will allow for the appointment of an experienced consultant project team who will work together with Meath County Council to work on the Category 2 design included within the public realm enhancements and Feasibility Study. This will be done to create a finalised design that is more detailed and ready to be constructed.

The Category 2 proposal will transition to a Category 1 proposal in this way following further public engagement exercises, such as a formal engagement event, to ensure the final design fully addresses the concerns and thoughts of all relevant key stakeholders and user groups in Dunshaughlin and to confirm that the final design is the best possible outcome for the local community.

Meath County Council have a strong track record in delivering public realm projects and so it is anticipated that the Category 1 proposal will be implemented and designed to a successful outcome on the ground.

Cathaoirleach of Ratoath MD, Cllr. Nick Killian welcomed the announcement and said ‘This investment will help re-energise Dunshaughlin as a vibrant, attractive and exciting place to live, provide opportunities for new and existing businesses and attract investment in the town. The Courthouse, a significant historic structure in the town, will be refurbished for use as a multipurpose community space. We have continued to work with local communities to develop regeneration projects that can make a real difference to the attractiveness and liveability of our towns throughout the County. I would like to acknowledge the many community groups in Dunshaughlin who have worked tirelessly to make this work possible.