Bet­ter di­a­logue call for Youghal

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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.

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