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Carlingford to receive €40,000 for provision of café style outdoor furniture

Carlingford to receive €40,000 for provision of café style outdoor furniture
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Carlingford is set to receive €40,000 in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

It is one of three recipients in Louth for funding along with Ardee and Clogherhead, who will both receive €25,000 each, bringing to €90,000 the total amount allocated to the county.

The €40,000 for Carlingford will go towards the provision of cafe style outdoor furniture, seating, parasols and traffic segregation in key areas of the town and allow for an activation plan for the town in order to increase footfall.

Ardee’s €25,000 will support businesses, voluntary organisations and sports groups in the town to develop an active online presence, including online platform, website development, training, mentoring and promotion while Clogherhead’s sum will go towards the rejuvenation of the village business district with shop front improvements such as painting and signage.

Welcoming the news, local Senator John McGahon said the funding would help the three locations adapt to the ‘new normal’ as a result of Covid-19.

He said: “The approved projects will assist businesses/communities in Carlingford, Ardee and Clogherhead to adapt to the specific challenges posed by COVID-19 (e.g. social distancing) and to increase footfall and generate economic activity in the short-term. These projects have been identified by local community groups and businesses, in conjunction with Louth County Council.

“The 2020 Town & Village Renewal Scheme will operate on the same basis as has been delivered in recent years, albeit with a particular focus on projects delivering an economic dividend and enabling towns and villages to respond to COVID-19 challenges.

“For example, they include projects that adapt outdoor spaces for social gatherings, dining or the hosting of outdoor events; marketing campaigns to entice people back into towns and villages; investment in developing or improving the online presence of towns and villages; local festivals/events; and public realm/infrastructural enhancements to allow for social distancing and to make towns/villages more welcoming. The scheme will also continue to support public-realm type activities and the enhancement of town centre amenities, particularly where this aids the economic and/or social recovery of a town of village.

“Our towns and villages in County Louth are at the heart of our economic and social activity and will play a pivotal role in providing safe spaces for people to meet and do business,” concluded Senator McGahon.