Es­tates are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for grant funds

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE Es­tate De­vel­op­ment Grants Scheme has been put back to Septem­ber’s meet­ing so coun­cil­lors can be fur­nished with a list of all lo­cal au­thor­ity es­tates in the district.

Seven dif­fer­ent es­tates had ap­plied for this year’s scheme worth €8,500. How­ever, con­cerns were raised that many of the ap­pli­cants re­ceived fund­ing from last year’s scheme too.

‘It seems to be the same es­tates ap­ply­ing again and again. Maybe they are just a lit­tle bit more proac­tive than some other es­tates but we should be spread­ing it more evenly. It’s ad­ver­tised for ev­ery­one to ap­ply and I feel a very small net­work of es­tates are ap­ply­ing year after year,’ said Cllr John Snell.

Cllr Gail Dunne said: ‘We do need to spread it out wider. Maybe we could come back to this in Septem­ber’s meet­ing and see if other es­tates need to be made aware.’

Cathaoir­leach, Cllr Shay Cullen, felt the district had al­ready made a com­mit­ment to the es­tates ap­ply­ing for the scheme.

‘ The con­sen­sus is this was ad­ver­tised and th­ese peo­ple made the ef­fort to ap­ply be­fore the clos­ing date. Maybe we can look at a dif­fer­ent sched­ule for next year but I think we need to hon­our our com­mit­ment.’

Cllr Snell sug­gested that some of the fund­ing might be held over for re­quests through the year from dif­fer­ent es­tates.

‘Peo­ple are look­ing for signs, bins, dog fowl­ing bins. It’s the generic sort of stuff we should be do­ing through­out the es­tates.’

It was agreed to de­fer the mat­ter back to the next coun­cil meet­ing in Septem­ber.

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