Piltown Garda Station set for €500,000 redevelopment into a remote working hub
Projects across Kilkenny are set to receive a huge funding windfall of €1,135,785 as part of a national plan designed to benefit rural towns and villages.
Funding is being provided under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) as part of Our Rural Future and places a strong emphasis on projects that tackle vacancy and dereliction by bringing landmark town centre buildings back to life.
Piltown, Gowran, Urlingford, Graignamanagh and Kilmanagh are the towns/villages set to benefit in County Kilkenny.
Below are the project descriptions:
Piltown Remote Working Hub - The proposed project will result in the regeneration of the Garda Station in Piltown. The redevelopment of this heritage building will see it repurposed as a remote working hub, which can accommodate up to 20 people.
The proposed project will result in the development of an intergenerational outdoor activity hub in Gowran town centre. The amenity will be designed to enable people of all ages to socialise, exercise and play in an inclusive, stimulating and safe outdoor environment.
Urlingford Remote Working Hub - The proposed project will result in the repurposing of a vacant Bank on the Main Street in Urlingford into a Remote Working Hub.
Enhance the successful Barrow Activities Hub in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny. This will increase usage of associated facilities by visitors and residents.
The proposed project will involve the redevelopment of the former school and ballpark in Kilmanagh, vacant since the 1970s, for future community usage. The project will result in the creation of a multi-purpose community activity hub.
Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick welcomed the funding and credited Kilkenny County Council for their effort in putting together the applications.
"It's great for North Kilkenny to see Urlingford, Gowran and Kilmanagh represented," he added. "All of these projects will hugely benefit local communities."
Deputy John Paul Phelan acknowledged that the funding will help rural communities in Kilkenny become 'more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family'.
Deputy John McGuinness said the news was fantastic for Piltown, Urlingford and Kilkenny in general.
"Developing working hubs in rural communities is very beneficial and positive. I look forward to seeing these great buildings brought back to life and serving a real purpose in those communities," he added.
Deputy Malcolm Noonan also welcomed the funding as great news for rural communities across Kilkenny.
"This funding will breathe new life into these four towns through a renewal of their public spaces and built heritage," he said.
"The transformation of former bank buildings and Garda stations into remote working hubs will enhance the fabric of these towns and have the added benefit of increasing footfall locally while reducing travel times and costs for their users. This will have a significant impact on the vibrancy of our town centres."
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