North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has this week confirmed that Cork County Council has applied to the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund for nearly €750,000 to construct the new relief road in Kanturk.
The new relief road will cost a total of €1m with the balance of funding (€250,000) already committed by Cork County Council.
Cllr. O’ Shea said “The construction of the new relief road and associated works for Kanturk will provide the much needed access for all road users from Bluepool Upper and Strand Street areas to the Mill Road in Kanturk. It will also improve access to the new National School when constructed and provide new facilities for vulnerable road users in the form of new footpaths and cycle tracks in the area”.
As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government has committed to providing an additional €1 billion for a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund over the period 2019 to 2027. The Fund will provide investment to support rural renewal for suitable projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas. Initial funding of €315 million is being allocated to the Fund on a phased basis over the period 2019 to 2022.
The objective of the new Fund is to support coordinated and integrated projects between Government Departments, State agencies, Local Authorities, other public bodies, communities and, where appropriate, philanthropic funders and/or the private sector, which will have an impact on sustainable economic and social development in rural areas.
Funding will be awarded through a competitive bid process, based on delivering the objectives for rural Ireland in the National Planning Framework.
Cllr. O’She added “If successful in achieving funding in this round of applications for the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund, works can commence pretty much immediately on the relief road as all planning and other requirements have already been approved. The provision of the new relief road will also hep to facilitate the future development of zoned land as set out in the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Local Area Plan 2016”.