Regeneration helps to drive social, economic and environmental improvements for those living, working and visiting County Longford.
This includes working together with the local community, elected members and government departments and agencies to secure funding, and develop strategies and projects.
As of August 2021, the team has secured over €42 million in grant funding and delivered projects that contribute significantly to the local economy and improve local infrastructure.
Grant funding has been secured under various schemes including the Rural Regeneration Development Fund, and Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. This funding gets directed to projects throughout County Longford.
Longford County Council's Regeneration team also secures funding through schemes including the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This funding is made available for application by community groups for the benefit of local projects.
Regeneration are driving forward several plans, including the Guidance Document for the Development of Rural Working Hubs. This document was shortlisted for Local Authority Innovation Category at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021. It was also shortlisted in the Economy category of the prestigious European-wide Innovation in Politics Awards 2021.
Regeneration also have plans in place for the Camlin Quarter, Lanesborough-Ballyleague and Granard. They are now working on the the Longford Town Centre First Plan. These plans aim to deliver effective paths for enterprise, investment and innovation.
Beyond strategy, Regeneration advise and guide project development and implementation.
This includes projects such as Longford Connected, Camlin Quarter Regeneration, the Yard Hub, Abbeyshrule, Edgeworthstown Library, the Historic Granard Motte Project, and Ballymahon 'Pobal le Cheile' project.
This work also includes the upgrading of many County Longford walkways and trails to help our citizens enjoy their county, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This recreational infrastructure now forms part of our tourism offering.