Fingal villages get a €200,000 windfall
THREE FINGAL VILLAGES WIN FUNDING FROM THE VILLAGE RENEWAL SCHEME
THREE Fingal villages are to collectively benefit from €200,000 in funding from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
A children’s playground in Balrothery will get half the funding while a sculpture and culture park in the Naul will receive some €76,000 in funding from the national scheme.
Portmarnock village will gain €24,000 from the fund for ‘village enhancements’.
Only villages of less than 10,000 in population could be considered for the scheme, according to Cllr Tony Murphy (IA) who congratulated the three Fingal villages who were successful in applying for funding, particularly Balrothery and the Naul which lie within the councillor’s Balbriggan ward.
Chairperson of Balrothery Community Association Kevin Tolan said: ‘On behalf of the community, we would like to thank Minister Michael Ring for his recognition of the requirement for these facilities in Balrothery and also Paul Smyth in the Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development Department of Fingal County Council.
‘Paul and his colleagues worked closely with the Community Association to ensure the application was as strong as possible because Balrothery was competing against other villages throughout Ireland for a share of the available funding .
‘We would also like to thank Cllr Tony Murphy for his on-going assistance in identifying the various streams of community funding that are available from Fingal County Council and from central Government.
‘ The Town and Village Scheme is a new funding model that joins the community with the local authority right from the initial concept stage and the works that have been carried out as a result of the 2016 funding have been very well received in Balrothery and the 2017 funding will undoubtedly be equally well received especially by parents of young children.
‘All-in-all, it is an exciting time for Balrothery and we really look forward to now arranging a workshop with the children to ascertain exactly what they would like to see in their playground and to working together with Fingal County Council to make the children’s dreams a reality in 2018.’
Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell welcomed the allocation of €200,000 in funding to complete projects in three communities, saying: ‘I am delighted with the announcement of €200,000 in funding for local projects in three villages in Dublin Fingal by my Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Community and Rural Affairs, Michael Ring TD.
‘ The Town and Village Renewal Scheme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and the funding provided aims to work towards revitalising local communities in the North County and across the country.’
Senator James Reilly welcomed the funding, saying: ‘Here in Fingal 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.
‘ The scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in our town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live and work and to visit. I particularly welcome the grant for Balrothery €100,000 Children’s Theme Park for the hard working Balrothery Community Association.’
Mairead Murphy, Principal Scoil Oilibhear Naofa. Kevin Tolan, Chairperson BCA and Schoolchildren with artists impression of playground.