Better dialogue call for Youghal
A Youghal community activist has called for stronger communication and collaboration between voluntary, business and statutory bodies in the town in order to maximise local projects.
Micheál de Buitléir made the appeal after Cork County Council selected its own project for a funding application under the government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme, having encouraged community organisations to make their own applications.
The scheme allocates a maximum of €200,000 per project, but only one project per town is permissible.
Mr de Buitléir says the fledgling Youghal Forum, of which he is a member and which comprises representatives from various local groups, conducted consultations and field trips as well as publicly appealing for ideas to propose to the council.
The process elicited 33 suggestions, which the forum reduced to four submissions under distinct categories.
Youghal Tidy Towns also proposed two projects.
Meanwhile Cork County Council, through its East Cork Municipal District authority, formulated a proposal to develop the grounds and attached properties at Youghal Lighthouse.
The council subsequently choose its own proposal to represent Youghal.
The outcome of applications is expected to be known shortly.
Mr de Buitléir says the lighthouse project has strong merit but feels it does not enhance confidence or reassurance amongst community groups when the council favours its own project above all others.
The forum representative hopes the application process will have proved “a worthy learning process” in collaboration and that the selected project will “act as a catalyst” to encourage further proposals.