Sligo greenway development will not be prioritised

Areas will have to compete for funding.

Sligo News File.

Sligo will have to compete for any greenway funding allocated under the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways.

Tony McLoughlin TD…questioned status of funding for Sligo greenway

The Minister for Transport said the strategy does not propose funding specific greenways, including the Sligo development which local TD Tony McLoughlin asked to be prioritised for “the benefit of the area.”

The TD was told that the plan, setting out the criteria for applications, will to be published within the next month.

Following the launch, there will be a call for applications later in 2018 to award funding to a number of projects for drawn down between 2019 to 2021.

The Minister said that in the light of the increased interest in greenways in recent years, he expected that “there will be a strong response to this funding call.

“I would urge potential applicants for funding to progress their planning and design of greenways as far as possible in advance of any application for funding and to resolve any land ownership issues,” he added.