€144,000 OF FUNDS FOR WEST WICKLOW PROJECTS
Cash secured for Blessington initiative and Baltinglass Town Renewal Group
TWO COMMUNITY projects in west Wicklow have been successful in applications for funding under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which means that over €144,000 with be brought to the area.
Baltinglass Town Renewal Group will receive €88,000 for so old courthouse in Baltinglass can be turned into an interpretative centre while Blessington has been allocated €56,000 for a multi-faceted project linked to the greenway.
TWO west Wicklow projects have been successful in securing €144,000 for funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2017.
The Baltinglass Town Renewal Group will receive €88,000 and €56,000 will go toward a multi-faceted project in Blessington.
The Scheme, which is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is in its second year and brings much needed investment to small towns and villages across the country.
Cllr Vincent Blake, Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District, said: ‘The recent announcement of €56,000 for Blessington and €88,000 for Baltinglass is warmly welcomed.
‘Such an investment will inject new energy into the lives of these two communities and both projects have the elements to succeed in bringing new visitors to West Wicklow both for business and recreational activities”.
The application was made by the Baltinglass Town Renewal Group which operates under the wing of Baltinglass Forum.
The group based their application on the recommendations contained in their locally compiled Baltinglass Town Regeneration Report. It focuses on the use of the old Courthouse building as a local interpretative centre and co-working location.
The group also propose to allow access to local community groups such as West Wicklow Choral Society, local drama groups, the historical society and the Baltinglass Forum.
Blessington and District Forum, Blessington Tidy Towns, Blessington Historical Society and the West Wicklow Business Network were all involved in the successful application seeking funding for a multi-faceted project which includes the installation of tourism signage with clear links to Blessington Greenway, the Lakeside area, Russborough House, the National Park and various cycleways.
The money will also be used for Interpretative panels depicting local history to complement the current town history trail, the provision of public seating, the development of two walking routes and an enhancement scheme for empty premises.
Cllr Blake also thanked the respective community groups for taking the time to submit an application for this funding and also gave credit to the staff in the Community, Cultural and Social Development section of Wicklow County Council who provided advice and support to the groups during the application process.
Cllr Vincent Blake.