Chair of the Economic Development SPC of Cavan County Council has welcomed the allocation of just over € 238,000 to support existing Enterprise Spaces in County Cavan.
This funding is to assist the operators of Enterprise Spaces who have seen their income fall and costs increase to comply with Covid-19 regulations. In these challenging times the funding is a welcome and much needed support.
The funding allocated to Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre of € 99,040, Cavan, € 56,128 to Cavan Digital Hub and € 83,200 to Cavan County Enterprise Fund which operates a network of enterprise spaces throughout the county.
The groups to whom funding have been allocated have been to the fore in providing work space, some for many years and have provided support and encouragement to their client companies. Many small enterprises around the county have grown as a result of this work. Covid-19 must not be allowed damage that work. This funding will hopefully assist these facilities deal with the current situation and they and their tenants will get back to some sort of normality in the coming months.
The funding announced today is part of € 8.24 million allocated nationally through Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund.
Contractors are to commence work today (20th November 2020) on a new carpark in Glan Gap for those wishing to access Cuilcagh from the Glangevlin side. The LEADER funding project will include minor upgrade works at the Altachullion Viewing Point, Tullydermot Waterfall and put in place a lowland walk from Tullytermot to Alteen.
Access to Cuilcagh has been a growing issue. More and more people want to climb to the highest point in Cavan and Fermanagh. Experiencing the natural beauty of our countryside should not be the preserve of the view but be as open as possible to all. Of course, the protection of the environment is also of paramount importance. This investment addresses part of the issue in that it will take cars off the road across Glan Gap providing a safe parking place for people to leave their car as they head to the mountain summit.
Furthermore, the investment at Altachullion and Tullydermott will make both sites more attractive. The creation of a further marked walkway in the lower slopes of Cuilcagh will provide people with an option to experience the Cuilcagh Mountains without having to climb to the summit. It will be a welcome addition to the other marked walking routes in the Swanlinbar area some of which have also been upgraded in recent months by the Council.
As a local county councillor I thank all local landowners for their cooperation in this project and the staff of the Council who have done so much preparatory work, engaging with interested parties, statutory agencies and the principal funder, LEADER.
This investment is a welcome first step as far as I am concerned. It will improve things greatly in Glan Gap. It will take some of the pressure of the Legnabrocky Trail better known as the Stairway to Heaven on the Fermanagh side.
Cuilcagh is a key part of the Geopark, shared between the two counties and having on its slopes the key site of the Marble Arch Caves, Cavan Burren Park, the Shannon Pot and the Stairway to Heaven.
The improvement of facilities for those accessing Cuilcagh has been a constant issue for me over these past few years. I have raised this matter again recently at a Municipal District Meeting. We need to put in place designated marked routes bringing people to the summit of the mountain. We must do so in the interest of walkers, landowners and the sensitive environment that is Cuilcagh, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) when this project is complete that must be the next objective.
€ 29,022 has been allocated under the CLÁR Scheme for safety measures at Scoil Bhride, Killeshandra.
‘This is a very welcome and long awaited allocation of funding. Issues have been raised with me by parents and staff regarding speed and the need to improve parking at the school and adjoining church so as to insure the safety of children going to and coming from the School.’
‘The application lodged last year was not successful but with some minor changes was thankfully successful on this occasion.
‘I want to thank the Board of Management, School Principal and staff and the staff of Cavan County Council who worked to prepare this application.’
‘I look forward to the work commencing in the near future.
Cavan County Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed the allocation of € 45,000 under the CLÁR Scheme to upgrade Annagh Lake Amenity Area just outside Butlerbridge.
‘For generation, this area at Annagh Lake has been used for swimming and recreation. It is always busy be in for a Christmas Swim or in good weather as well as hosting annual Irish Water Safety Swimming Lessons.’
‘Whilst some of the facilities such as the carpark are excellent the toilet block and changing facilities are dated, difficult to maintain and not attractive to users.’
This investment will allow the Council to install changing facilities, BBQ & picnic facilities, upgrade existing paths and create a biodiversity area. All of which will be welcome improvements to this picturesque location.
‘Over the past months I have worked closely with Council officials and representatives of the local community to develop this proposal. I want to acknowledge the input of local community representatives and huge amount of work done by Council officials.’