A NEW greenway from Carrigart to Downings could benefit from a multi-million euro fund announced by Rural Development Minister Michael Ring, a local Fine Gael candidate has said.
Eimer Friel, who is standing in the Milford Electoral Area, has welcomed an ongoing consultation project by Donegal County Council.
“So many brilliant projects in Co Donegal have benefitted from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme since it was introduced in 2016,” said Friel.
“I know Donegal County Council are carrying out a consultation and planning process for a proposed greenway/cycleway from Carrigart to Downings and I would urge everyone to engage so that the council application for funding is ready on time.
“It is estimated the cycleway would cost around €300,000 and it would be of enormous benefit to the area, linking the two areas, allowing cyclists to enjoy and explore the wonderful Atlantic Drive. It will be a huge draw for tourists and a wonderful amenity for local people all-year-round.”
Ms Friel added: “In January the Fine Gael-led Government invested €343,660 to support the development of great local outdoor projects with the Great Arch Trail at Pollet, Fanad Head getting funding of €136,200; the Glenties Alter Trail being supported with €30,400; and investment of €177,060 on the Creeslough to Falcarragh stretch of the Letterkenny to Burtonport Greenway.
“I want to thank Donegal County Council officials who work so hard to bring a new imaginative use for outdoor recreation. I would urge them to have all the planning conditions in place so that Carrigart to Downings cycleway/greenway can benefit from this latest round of funding.”
Minister Ring said: “Recreational tourism continues to be a significant growth area, and the natural resources available to us here in Ireland offer great potential to avail of the economic benefits that this type of tourism can bring to rural areas. Over 600 projects throughout the country have been supported by the Scheme since I introduced it in 2016.
“Increasing Activity Tourism is a key pillar of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, and the type of facilities which will be funded through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme will include greenways, blueways, walking trails and other recreation infrastructure which will showcase the stunning scenery and wonderful places that Ireland has to offer.
“The amenities funded through this scheme will enhance the quality of life for people who live in, or close to, the supported projects. It will also create better experiences for visitors to rural areas, enhance the tourism offering and support sustainable economic development in rural areas.”Tags: