Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed €1.5m in funding for the enhancement of the town centre in Athlone which will help attract even more visitors and increase economic activity
This European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant assistance for local authorities for designated gateway and hub town is being made available under the Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme 2014-2020.
“As a Government TD and a very proud Athlone person, I have been fighting very hard to secure funding such as this which will help to further enhance the town centre experience for local people and visitors alike, and increase economic activity.
“Church Street is an area which has been in need of a significant facelift for some time. I’m delighted now to have secured this funding which I have no doubt will lead to the continued economic regeneration of our town centre.
“This funding will help improve the streetscape and the ambience in the middle of the town to attract even more visitors and tourists and encourage them to stay longer. This will have obvious economic benefits.
“This development will not just be of benefit to visitors. Local people will enjoy a better shopping experience and the improved street layout will be more accommodating towards people in wheelchairs and families with their young children.
“We’ve a lot done but more to do and hopefully, this is the start of more to come. While I’m delighted that Church Street is the beneficiary this time, the fight for funding continues for other areas of the town such as Connaught Street and Irishtown.
“We are continuing to work towards a whole town centre experience to support all the wonderful businesses right around Athlone.”