Louth County Council has confirmed the approval of funding of €557,823.40 from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for the refurbishment of four permanent bays and ten transient bays at Woodland Park Dundalk.
Louth County Council has already proceeded to tender and hopes to appoint a contractor shortly after the tender process closes in mid-June.
It is anticipated that works will be completed by October.
The bays will be allocated according to the council’s scheme of letting priorities.
This funding allocation covers the €234,000 already expended in preliminary works, which includes the removal of 1,100 tonnes of domestic waste from the site and its boundaries, and works relating to the water drainage infrastructure, which was damaged beyond repair through illegal connections and removal of fittings and coverings.
The council worked closely with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government on progressing this refurbishment plan and has stated that it would like to thank the department for all its assistance.
The council stated that as a result of the agreement reached with Traveller representatives in January last, it has now completed a consultation with all Traveller families in the county about their views and requirements in respect of future Traveller-specific accommodation.
The result of this consultation will feed into a revised Traveller Accommodation Plan procedure.