On November 30th last at 12pm, Sligo Co Co lodged an application for funding for the new Sligo Greenway. This application will be received by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and will be looking for a part the €53 million currently available for the funding of a new greenway network.
By all accounts, the application looks good, reads well and gives us the best chance with what we have. That is not to say it will tick all the boxes or guarantee success but at least we are this far. That in itself is an achievement! We feel we have a good a chance as any other application – there are 22 in total.
A recent Press Release from Cycling Ireland stated: Transport minister Shane Ross has said that there will be difficult decisions ahead as his department has received 22 applications for a fund of just €53 million over three years.
The funding call came at the publication of the Government’s Greenway Strategy. It defines national greenways as off-road routes which are at least 100 kilometres long and a regional greenway is “at least 20 kilometres in length, but preferably closer to 40 kilometres long, or which can be extended to connect to a longer strategic route”.
Minister Shane Ross said: “There will be difficult decisions ahead given the high quality of the applications and the number of projects seeking funding but I look forward to being in a position to announce the successful projects next year.”
For now, our thanks to you all for your help and support with the campaign and for all the various roles you played over the past few years… and shareholders did play a vital role by showing such support for the project. We now proceed with planning and await word back on the application itself... whatever that will be.