John Paul Feeley has warmly welcomed funding of € 199,800 under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme for two important projects in Belturbet.
A further €22,200 has been provided by Cavan County Council by way of matching funding.
These two projects address two significant needs in Belturbet and represent an ongoing commitment from Cavan County Council to the improvement of services in Belturbet.
‘The Shannon-Erne Waterway has brought great investment and activity to Belturbet but it has not yet reached its full potential. Providing a new services block and riverside amenities will provide a safe focal point along the river and make the river more accessible for locals and visitors alike. I know that Project Belturbet and the Inland Waterways Association have worked closely with the County Council and Waterways Ireland in progressing this project.
Secondly the need for better supports for teenagers has long been identified in Belturbet. The development of the Bounce Back Project is part of that response. They have taken up use of the old Fire Station in recent years. This allocation will allow work to continue the Belturbet Youth Hub.
Bounce Back represents the best of cooperation between Cavan County Council, Cavan-Monaghan ETB, Youthwork Ireland and ensuring that it has a proper building from which to operate is essential.
Concluding Councillor Feeley noted that of the nine applications submitted by Cavan County Council two were not granted funding.
‘This is a very welcome and important announcement of funding but more than one project in the Cavan Belturbet MD should have received support. It includes some of the most disadvantaged communities in the County and as such requires additional supports. We will have to re-evaluate how the unsuccessful schemes can be addressed in future funding opportunities.