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NOT supris­ingly the wind­fall for south Wex­ford un­der the Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme has been warmly wel­comed in an area starved of gov­ern­ment cash for rural de­vel­op­ment.

Bal­lycog­ley, Bridgetown, Ross­lare Har­bour and Our Lady’s Is­land have be­tween them been awarded €340,000 for pro­jects rang­ing from build­ing car parks and bird hides to plan­ning vil­lage rede­vel­op­ment schemes.

How­ever, that’s cold com­fort for Wex­ford town, which is not in­cluded in the list of ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

‘It re­minds me of what I said to Mary Har­ney when Wex­ford Elec­tronix closed,’ said Cllr Davy Hynes.

‘I told her that we might as well be in Wales for all the no­tice they (the gov­ern­ment) take of us,’ said Cllr Hynes.

‘It’s one thing af­ter an­other...and the fact that we’re re­ly­ing on Vir­gin Me­dia to fix all the foot­paths they are dig­ging up to lay ca­bles un­der says a lot about the state of lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing,’ he said.

South Wex­ford was, how­ever, in a dif­fer­ent frame of mind.

Chair­per­son of the Bal­lycog­ley Hall De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee Cllr Frank Sta­ples said he was de­lighted at the €100,000 fund­ing to go to­wards the rede­vel­op­ment of the hall.

‘I would like to thank out fan­tas­tic com­mit­tee for all the hard work they put into mak­ing this hap­pen, also Wex­ford County Coun­cil and in par­tic­u­lar the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment de­part­ment.

‘This is the re­sult of peo­ple pulling to­gether in our com­mu­nity,’ he said.

Lady’s Is­land res­i­dent Cllr Ger Carthy said the €100,000 fund­ing for the vil­lage would go to­wards a new car park at the Com­mu­nity Cen- tre, a fully ac­ces­si­ble play­ground ad­ja­cent to the Cen­tre and a bird watch­ing hide, foot­paths and other small in­fra­struc­ture.

Cllr Mick Roche, who lives in Bridgetown, said the €60,000 al­lo­ca­tion was fan­tas­tic news.

‘We’ve never had any fund­ing in any way, shape or form, so we’re head­ing up a hill, but head­ing in the right way,’ he said.

‘This will be used for a plan for Bridgetown and hope­fully next year we’ll get into vil­lage re­newal again and work on thet plan from there.’

Wel­com­ing the over­all grants for the county, Wex­ford Mayor Cllr Jim Moore said they would make a huge dif­fer­ence.

‘The very sig­nif­i­cant fundindg an­nounce­ment is very wel­come and in par­tic­u­lar as Mayor of Wex­ford Bor­ough District ac­knowl­edge the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions from the district,’ said Cllr Moore.

‘This gives ar­eas of rural Wex­ford and an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress de­fecits den­ti­fied which can now be dealt and help cre­ate a sus­tain­able eco­nomic model for our rural ar­eas. I see this as pos­i­tive start to the re­gen­er­a­tion of ar­eas which as our eco­nomic per­for­mance na­tion­ally im­proves the ben­e­fits will be gained fur­ther from our ur­ban cen­tres,’ he said.

‘In the case of Ross­lare it is ex­tremely im­por­tant that we sup­port the com­mu­nity to deal with is­sues of failed de­vel­op­ments and plan con­stuc­tively for the fu­ture.

‘The Brexit fac­tor will also cre­ate both is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties fro the area and plan­ning for this re­quires both EU and na­tional ef­forts but just as im­por­tantly lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­port and ini­tia­tives.

‘I hope this is the be­gin­ning of the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment of the area,’ said the Mayor.

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

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