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Will Mallow benefit from “Hub” status – eventually?

Will Mallow benefit from “Hub” status – eventually?
Mallow to find out on Tuesday is “Hub” Status will finally prove financially beneficial – Over €2m investment proposed for North Cork town by Cork County Council
The Mayor of Cork County Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea will travel to Dublin on Tuesday next, 19th January 2016 with the Director of Services with Cork County Council for North Cork Mr. Tom Stritch to find out if the town of Mallow in North Cork which was designated a “Hub” town in the National Spatial Strategy as far back as 2002 is to finally benefit financially from its designation with the announcement of the Designated Urban Centre Grant Scheme.
The announcement of specific projects under the ERDF Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme 2014 – 2020 will be made by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly along with Ministers Paudie Coffey, Paschal Donohoe and Heather Humphries in the Government Press Centre at 3pm.
The scheme, which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and local authorities was launched by Minister for State with responsibility for Planning Mr. Paudie Coffey, TD in July 2015. €26m is to be allocated specifically to support the Designated Urban Centre Grant Scheme within the 13 counties in the Southern & Eastern Regional area (Cork, Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin & Meath). This funding when co-financed by local authorities will result in an overall investment of €52m in designated urban centres in these 13 counties over the next three years, including the North Cork town of Mallow.
Speaking in advance of the announcement of the Designated Urban Centre Grant Scheme, Mayor of County Cork
Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said “This is an ideal opportunity for the town of Mallow to finally benefit financially from its designation as a Hub town. The town has not got a single euro since it was designated as a Hub town back in 2002. In fact, it has been prevented from accessing other funding avenues such as Leader funding due to its Hub status losing out on many development opportunities”.
Mayor O’ Shea added “The town of Mallow could benefit by up to €2m from this new grant scheme. The six members of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District and the executive of Cork County Council along with the business and community sector in Mallow have been working extremely hard over the recent months in identifying key projects to submit for funding as part of this grant scheme”.
The final projects submitted by Cork County Council for funding are as follows:
  • Re-development of Mallow Town Hall as an Arts & Cultural Centre which would include a theatre, rehearsal rooms, gallery, tourist office, and a space for a range of educational, civic & cultural uses – Cost for these works are approx €1.8m.
  • Development of Mallow Pedestrian Boardwalk over Mallow Bridge – This would increase pedestrian connectivity to the town centre and improve traffic flow across Mallow Bridge with the removal of existing footpath to allow for additional traffic turning lanes on the Bridge. Cost for these works are approx €1.4m.
  • Refurbishment of Mallow’s Spa House to bring this historic building back into public use. Radon prevention works along with electrical, plumbing and fire prevention works are required in the building costing approx €400,000.
Mayor O’ Shea concluded by saying “I hope we can at least get one if not two of these projects funded as part of this scheme. Cork County Council is ready to advance these works and have confirmed their intention to co-fund any allocation received by this scheme. This is a very exciting time for Mallow and I hope on Tuesday afternoon, we can report some good news for Mallow”.