KILKENNY Borough Council has been participating in the Urbacht Links project and is hoping to secure EU funding to help renovate St Mary’s Church in an eco-friendly manner as part of the project.
Senior council planner Denis Malone gave a presentation to the councillors at their meeting on Monday night outlining the goals of the project.
Kilkenny, along with eight other historical cities in Europe, is taking part in the links project.
“The cities involved in Links project aim to replace their historical cities into a dynamic of residential attractiveness while preserving the architectural identity cultural heritage and historical values. The challenge is to improve quality of life in old centres and to create a comfortable, affordable and sustainable housing seeking out a good balance between preservation requirement and evolution need,” according to the plans for the project.
Cllr Martin Brett (FG) asked if the project would allow Kilkenny to access EU money independently of the central government. Mr Malone said that funding streams would come online as a result of the project.
Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Green) said the council would have genuine funding opportunities as a result of this. Cllr Noonan called on the council to reconvene the St Mary’s redevelopment committee along the lines of the successful Kilkenny City Walls Steering Committee.