Three changing shelters are to be built in Laytown. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Meath County Council is to receive €30,000 to build three changing shelters at Netterville Terrace in Laytown and a further €15,000 has been approved to repair 100m of wooden boardwalk at Bettystown Beach.
The funding is from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), which is a fund to enhance our outdoor amenities such as our walkways, cycleways, rivers, lakes, and beaches.
Louth County Council will receive €30k from the same fund for the Carlingford to Omeath Greenway.
Deputy O’Dowd welcomed the news saying the funding will provide a welcome boost to the local economy by attracting more visitors to the respective areas.
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“In particular the funding to develop three changing areas in Netterville Terrace will make a big difference to the visitor experience along the East Meath coast” he said.
“This funding announcement follows on from the unacceptable news that the €200k awarded to Louth County Council under ORIS scheme in early 2020 to provide much needed upgrades on the Mell Greenway in Drogheda is now at serious risk of being returned to the Department, due to the council being unable to commence the project within an appropriate timeline.
“Outdoor activities play a key role in communities and we have seen this throughout the recent pandemic. Recreation tourism is growing internationally and has the potential to have major economic spin-off benefits for our rural towns and villages.
Funding for larger scale projects under Measures 2 and 3 of the scheme will be announced by Minister Humphreys in the coming weeks.
Minister Humphreys added: “Every county will benefit from today’s announcement so if you’re a walker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman – check out the list to see what’s happening in your county.
“Getting active in the fresh air outdoors can be a tonic for the body and soul and this was brought home to us all during the pandemic.
“Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorsteps so I’m encouraging people to get out and discover them over the rest of the Summer”, Minister Humphreys concluded.