RURAL RE­NEWAL

Wex­ford shares in €1.6m wind­fall for lo­cal pro­jects

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

FOUR­TEEN towns and vil­lages in County Wex­ford have been al­lo­cated fund­ing out of a €1.16 mil­lion gov­ern­ment pot al­lo­cated for mainly rural ar­eas of the county.

The 2017 Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme, which was launched in April, fo­cuses on pro­jects which can help to en­hance and de­velop rural towns and vil­lages, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on stim­u­lat­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Among those ben­e­fit­ing from the wind­fall are Ballindag­gin, which is get­ting €100,000 for a walk­ing and run­ning track, Camolin, which is get­ting 48,000 for a bio­di­ver­sity recre­ation park, and Our Lady’s Is­land which is to re­ceive €100,000 for its pub­lic realm to cre­ate eco­nomic ben­e­fits for the area.

Min­is­ter Paul Ke­hoe said the fund­ing will go a long way to­wards im­prov­ing lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

‘Here in Wex­ford we have placed a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis this year on pro­jects which have the ca­pac­ity to sup­port the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of rural town and vil­lages as well as their neigh­bour­ing town­lands,’ he said.

‘Pro­jects ap­prove range from em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tives to tourism ameni­ties and other mea­sures aimed to help make small towns and vil­lages a more at­trac­tive and sus­tain­able places in which to live and work.’

The full list of lo­cal al­lo­ca­tions are:

Ballcog­ley, pub­lic realm, €100,000; Ballindag­gin, con­struc­tion of a walk­ing/run­ning track and main­te­nance equip­ment, €97,125; Bree, dig­i­tal/ train­ing hub in com­mu­nity cen­tre, de­velop a her­itage walk and other fa­cil­i­ties, €100,000; Bridgetown, de­vel­op­ment of an ac­tion plan to in­clude a health check, €60,000; Bun­clody, de­velop food hub and de­velop loop walk/cy­cle way (sign­post­ing), €100,000, Camolin, bio­di­ver­sity recre­ation park, €48,000; Foulksmills, health check and town plan, €20,000, Gorey Her­itage Trail, es­tab­lish a creative hub and de­velop a mar­ket­ing pro­gramme, €100,000; Ki­lanerin busi­ness cen­tre in an ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity cen­tre, €54,000; Kil­tealy vil­lage en­hance­ment, dig­i­tal wood­work hub and fea­si­bil­ity study, €100,000: New Ross, de­velop a marked medieval town trail, €100,000; New­bawn, ex­tend and ren­o­vate ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity cen­tre, €100,000; Our Lady’s Is­land, pub­lic realm with eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the area, €98,400, and Ross­lare Har­bour health check and town plan €80,000.

Our Lady’s Is­land’s €100,000 will go to­wards, among other things, a new car park at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, a play­ground, and a bird watch­ing hide. Bal­lycog­ley’s €100,000 will go to the rede­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal hall (be­low).

Cllr Frank Sta­ples: ‘this is the re­sult of peo­ple pulling to­gether in our com­mu­nity’.

Mayor of Wex­ford, Jim Moore: ‘pos­i­tive start to re­gen­er­a­tion of ar­eas’.

Cllr Mick Roche: ‘we’re head­ing up a hill, but head­ing in the right way’.

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