Thirty lo­cal Tidy Towns groups to share €50,000

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THIRTY TIDY TOWNS com­mit­tees around the county will share €50,000 al­lo­cated to Wick­low un­der a spe­cial scheme to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The fund­ing is part of a €1.4 mil­lion na­tional grant scheme an­nounced by the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Michael Ring, at this year’s Tidy Towns re­sults were an­nounced on Septem­ber 24.

Fig­ures shared by Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle last week re­veal that Bray and Grey­stones com­mit­tees will both re­ceive €4,000, while €3,000 has been al­lo­cated to Ark­low, Bless­ing­ton and Wick­low town.

Grants of €2,000 have been awarded to Ash­ford, Aughrim, Carnew, Delgany, Kil­coole, Newtownmountkennedy, Rath­drum and Ti­na­hely, while the vil­lages of Avoca, Bal­ly­coog, Cool­boy, Donard, Dunlavin, Gle­nealy, Grange­con, Hol­ly­wood, Kil­te­gan, Knock­ananna, Lacken, Laragh and Glen­dalough, New­cas­tle, Rath­dan­gan, Round­wood, Shil­le­lagh and Strat­ford-on-Slaney will each re­ceive €1,000.

Min­is­ter Doyle said that Tidy Towns vol­un­teers are ‘a credit

to our com­mu­nity’.

‘I have no doubt that towns and vil­lages across Wick­low will ben­e­fit hugely from this in­vest­ment. Wher­ever you have ac­tive Tidy Towns com­mit­tees, it gives the place a real boost and cre­ates the en­vi­ron­ment for tourism,’ said Min­is­ter Doyle.

Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris joined him in prais­ing the work of the var­i­ous Tidy Towns com­mit­tees.

‘This in­vest­ment by the Govern­ment will di­rectly sup­port

the lo­cal Tidy Towns groups here in our county,’ said Min­is­ter Har­ris.

‘These vol­un­teer-led com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives bring out the best in our towns and vil­lages. Our lo­cal com­mit­tees put in in­cred­i­ble work to keep our county look­ing beau­ti­ful.’

2018 was a land­mark year for the Su­perValu TidyTowns com­pe­ti­tion, with close to 900 com­mit­tees en­ter­ing and 12 new com­mit­tees get­ting in­volved for the first time, in­clud­ing Lacken.

Wick­low town has been al­lo­cated €4,000 from the spe­cial scheme to mark 60 years of the na­tional Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion.

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