€286,000 to help create safe outdoor summer at Kilkenny’s public spaces
Five projects in Kilkenny have been allocated funding of €286,000 to create new spaces and facilities for the public to enjoy.
The funding, which is part of the Government’s ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’ was annoucned locally by Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan.
The funding awarded to Kilkenny County Council will enhance outdoor urban spaces and improve walking and cycling facilities.
Deputy Phelan also confirmed the money will be used to support projects such as kerb widening to facilitate outdoor dining, new on-street furniture, improved cycling facilities, and traffic management changes that prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.
The Kilkenny Fine Gael TD added: “This funding was prioritised to ensure that our local authority has the resources it needs to help communities enjoy a safe outdoor summer.
“The measures are now being introduced as quickly as possible to support the gradual re-opening of society,” Deputy Phelan added.
The funding will cover the following five projects:
- Footpath improvements to provide connectivity on Rockshire Road, Ferrybank, providing dedicated pedestrian crossing facilities and consistent footpath arrangements.
- Pedestrianisation of Chapel Lane allowing safe access for walking and cycling, realigning of the car park and viewing area to allow safe access to outdoor seating at Thomastown Scouts Den.
- Active Travel Route in Kilkenny city to provide a safe route between the northwestern environs of Kilkenny City and the City Centre.
- Bennettsbridge River Cycle Route upgrading and resurfacing to allow access for outdoor walking and cycling beside the River Nore and adjoining outdoor seating area.
- Outdoor Dining in Kilkenny City Centre to facilitate the provision of outdoor dining for businesses and some public seating.