Wicklow TD Minister Harris joined Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Blessington Town Team, and Senior Management of the ESB on Friday to discuss the next steps in the delivery of the Blessington Lakes looped Greenway project. Minister Harris has previous arranged and chaired meetings of the key stakeholders to prepare to submit the application and this week they met to welcome the exciting allocation of €5 million by the Government.
Speaking after the meeting, Minister Harris said;
“It was fantastic to meet the key stakeholders today and be able to confirm this multi million euro allocation to our County. This significant Government funding will transform tourism for West Wicklow..”
“We know that Greenways in other parts of the country e.g. the Waterford Greenway, have transformed their regions. The benefits to local tourism and the local economy are phenomenal and these, added to the health benefits make a Greenway an invaluable community amenity for West Wicklow. This is a massive economic and social boast for our county.”
“Having organised and chaired many roundtable meetings with the key stakeholders on this project, I am delighted the hard work of so many people dedicated to their community is coming to fruition. I want to thank the Blessington Town team and Wicklow County Council who have worked extremely hard on this.”
“As a government Minister and local TD, I am delighted to be delivering on a project that will not only boost the local economy but also benefit the health of our community.”