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Paul Clerkin

EUR5.2m Infrastructure Projects For Shannon Town To Formally Open On July 26th
Filed: 15th June 2007 12:27 PM

Shannon, County Clare, (IRELAND) 15th June 07 – Twenty five years of Local Authority governance in County Clare’s second largest town have been marked with the announcement that two major infrastructure projects are to formally open next month. Clare County Council confirmed last evening, at a function celebrating the anniversary milestone that the EUR1.2 million Shannon Recycling Centre will open to the public on 26th July along with Phase One of a EUR4m southern primary road, which will open to traffic in the next fortnight.

Over 100 acres of land will be opened up for residential and commercial development once Phase 1 of the new Shannon Southern Primary Road is completed. The new multi-million Euro road network will link the road near St Caiman’s School with Slí Na Mara road.

The Shannon Recycling Centre, which is located in the Smithstown area, involves an investment of some EUR400k from the Council’s own resources. A further EUR800k in funding has been provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Centre is part of a major investment in waste management infrastructure and will add to County Clare’s existing four Recycling Centres, including two Transfer Stations, 54 Recycling Bring Banks and Central Waste Management Facility.

Mayor of Shannon Cllr. Tony McMahon said that both projects befitted Shannon’s status as one of Ireland’s fastest growing towns.

“I look forward to further major projects being completed in the near future, including the Shannon boundary extension and the Masterplan for Shannon Town Centre, which seeks to guide and facilitate the future development of over 90 acres of prime development land. I am confident that the people of Shannon will witness a very positive transformation for the town centre and surrounding areas over the coming years”, added Mayor McMahon.

Shannon Cllr. Patricia McCarthy, Chairperson of Clare County Council’s Environment and Emergency Services and Consumer Protection SPC described both projects as essential pieces of infrastructure that the people of Shannon Town have been eagerly awaiting.

Commenting on the recycling facility, Cllr. McCarthy stated, “Shannon Town Council and Clare County Council need to continue to encourage and support all those who are genuinely interested in properly managing waste. This centre will accept the full range of materials including glass, plastic, paper, timber cans, clothes and electrical and electronic wastes. It should significantly improve the already very high recycling rates achieved by householders in the county.”

According to Ger Dollard, Shannon Town Manager, “The construction of a new road network and recycling centre in Shannon represents the latest investment by Clare County Council in infrastructure and in providing a further improvement in facilities in the Shannon area.”

“Other positive developments include a EUR1million investment in footpath improvements and the implementation of an Urban Village Renewal Scheme for the town. Earlier this year, meanwhile, the Council completed a EUR600k investment in public lighting improvement. In a further positive development for the town, Clare County Council has confirmed that a feasibility study is to be initiated shortly regarding a multi-functional Arts Centre and theatre”, concluded Mr. Dollard.

Last evening’s announcements were made at a special celebration marking the 25 years since Shannon Town Council was sanctioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Mr. Peter Barry.

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