Towns across Co Mayo are to benefit from funding of over half a million euro for additional outdoor infrastructure, as Ireland gears up for an Outdoor Summer, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton has announced €516,000 for 11 projects across Co Mayo, following applications from Mayo County Council under the "Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund".
Projects include creating more space for outdoor dining, providing picnic tables and benches, protective wind breakers, signage, and providing seating and flower planters in a number of towns and villages.
The funding includes €80,000 for providing parklets in Westport, Louisburg, Newport, Belmullet and various other villages to facilitate casual picnics and socialising, with picnic tables and bences, hedge planting, non-slip decking and planting.
In Castlebar, €100,000 goes to a public realm improvement project on Spencer Street, which will create a one-way traffic system with pedestrian crossings, and eliminate one traffic lane to create more pedestrian space and greater opportunities for outdoor dining.
€85,000 has been allocated for public realm safety improvement works in Westport town centre.
In Ballyhaunis, there's €20,000 to replace damaged bollards in the Square, and provide additional bollards to allow the area to used as a pedestrian zone to facilitate seating, outdoor dining and street markets.
in Foxford, a portion of the Main Street will be redesigned to remove heavy goods vehicles from the street and allocate more pedestrian space.
In Kilkelly, €25,000 has been allocated for works at the Square, involving decluttering to allow better use of the public space for outdoor seating, and introducing a low perimiter railing at the park to make the area safer for families to use.
€15,000 goes to Kiltimagh, where a small portion of the small square will be reallocated for outdoor dining for the adjacent hotel and restaurants.
€40,000 has been allocated for Bohola, as a first step towards creating a village centre, where some of the existing road space will be reallocated to pedesitrans.
And €90,000 goes towards providing benches, seating, flower planters and bins for all towns and villages within the Municipal District - with €7,000 each for Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Ballinrobe and Swinford, €3,500 each for Foxford, Kiltimagh, Charlestown and Knock, €3,000 each for Kilmaine, Cong, Bohols, Kilkelly, Ballindine, Irishtown and Shrule, and €2,500 each for Hollymount, the Neale, Cross, Kilmovee, Tooreen, Bekan, Brickens, Mayo Abbey, Carracastle and Aghamore.