Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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This week local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan called for the Local Authority to immediately begin the process of drawing down the new National fund recently launched called the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) worth a total of €2 Billion Euros to start the long awaited regeneration of Tramore's Town Centre. The rejuvenation plans for Tramore have been drafted and put on display to the public at recent open evenings in the local library along with all Council offices. These plans involve the creation of a shared space on Main Street from the junction of Market Street to Broad Street. A new road connecting Market Street to the rear of the Supervalu car park. Speaking on this Cllr Quinlan said "Tramore has been waiting for movement on this badly needed regeneration for years now. Both Waterford City and Dungarvan's town square have acquired the attention they need and now it is definitely Tramore's turn.

"Main Street has been struggling for years now as competition from alternative areas have hollowed out the traditional heart of the town and it is time the Council played its part in recreating a sustainable future. "The emphasis is now completely on the Council to apply and draw down the millions of euro's required to get this over the line. This should be a top priority for our Economic Development team. ”.

The new funding is a part of the National Development Plan 2018 -2027 and will be administered by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and will be allocating €100 million in 2019 alone. Funding of between €2 to 3 million is estimated as required to complete most of the Council's objectives for Tramore but more could be required at the end of the day given the recent trend of project over spend on many of the headline infrastructural developments. Types of projects eligible for funding will include, but are not limited to the acquisition, enabling and/or development of areas, sites and buildings, relocation of uses, public amenity works, community facilities, and infrastructure related to housing, economic or skills development (including enterprise and tourism), transport, services infrastructure and/or transition to a low carbon and climate resilient society, in an urban context.

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