Cavan Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed the approval of work for three major West Cavan Projects.
“At this months meeting of the Council approval was granted to allow significant work to be completed at the Courthouse, Dowra, the extension and redevelopment of the Market House, Blacklion and the provision of an unmanned interpretative centre and other works at Burren, Blacklion, a key site in the Marble Arch Geopark,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
Because the properties involved are all either owned by the Council or the projects are heavily supported by Cavan County Council they can avail of the fast-track planning procedure under the Planning and Development Act 2000.
“The work on Dowra Courthouse will restore a building that is the very key to the Village of Dowra and ensure that the building continues as a focal point for Dowra. It will involved the demolition of outbuildings in the courtyard of the building, the construction of a new equipment store, an internal lift, an external glazed link corridor at the rear of the building and internal alterations. This sympathetic programme of work will protect the building whilst allowing a future productive use of the building. This project is now proceeding to tender and is the largest project funded in County Cavan under the Harnessing Natural Resources Project funded by INTEREG under the auspices of Cavan County Enterprise Fund.”
Highlighting the plans for development at the Burren, Councillor Feeley noted that this is the key element of the Marble Arch Geopark in Co Cavan.
“The proposed work, to be funded under the Border Uplands Programme will involve the construction of an unmanned interpretative centre on the site of an abandoned farmhouse in Burren Forest, the construction of a number of marked trails to a verity of access standards, interpretative signage, improved roadways, enhanced, improved car and bus parking facilities and the provision of toilet facilities,” he said.
Finally, Councillor Feeley welcomed the approval of plans for work at the Market House in Blacklion. This plan in conjunction with Killinagh Community Council will facilitate the development of the primary visitors and interpretive facility for the entire Marble Arch Geopark.
These three projects are of major significance to the local community and will bring an investment of over € 1.3million to the area in the short term.