Cavan County Council issue planning approval for development at Blacklion Enterprise Centre

Cavan County Council issue planning approval for development at Blacklion Enterprise Centre

John Paul Feeley has welcomed the issue of planning approval to Cavan County Enterprise Board to complete substantial work at Blacklion Enterprise Centre.  The works will in early course proceed to tender with a view to completion by the middle of 2014.

‘Every opportunity to stimulate economic activity in the region must be welcomed. Cavan County Enterprise Board under the direction of Vincent Reynolds as CEO has been to the fore in taking every opportunity for funding from whatever source to have the infrastructure in place to facilitate development. This project is yet another example and I am delighted to see the plans go through planning and hope that it will proceed to construction in the near future.’

The project known as  ‘Blacklion Rural Business Park’ is  one of 26 projects in counties Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim being developed under the Harnessing Natural Resources Project, funded under the Rural Development Theme of the Interreg 4A Programme managed by the EU Special Programmes Body.

The project involves the provision of infrastructure necessary to establish a small cross border rural business park incorporating six fully serviced sites at Blacklion, to include provision of access road, water mains, sewerage facilities, electricity services (to include public lighting), telecoms/ broadband. The project will also involve the removal of soil and other material to create stable foundations. It is estimated that the total investment under the project will be in the region of €200,000.

‘The project is just one of a number that has brought significant improvement to the region, in all of the counties involved projects are being implemented that should stimulate job creation in the long-term and result in further investments. As a member of the Cavan CEB, I know the work that Vincent Reynolds and Project Manager, Margaret McEvoy have put into this project with the full support of Jack Keyes, County Manager, as Chairman of the CEB and the other Board Members.’

The objective is to provide fully serviced sites to facilitate the establishment of small businesses, which will be marketed to entrepreneurs and promoters of existing enterprises in the Cavan/Fermanagh region. The ultimate aim is to support enterprise and job creation, through the utilisation of an existing valuable resource in an attractive village setting, situated along a national primary route.

Cavan County Enterprise Board is the lead partner for the project, with other partners being Cavan , Fermanagh and Leitrim Councils, Coillte Teoranta, Cavan County Enterprise Fund, Inland Fisheries Ireland, and Swanlinbar Development Association.

Concluding, Councillor Feeley welcomed the close cooperation between the various state agencies involved, north and south in attracting this funding the region.