Four Wicklow projects to share €265,000 in funding
A TOTAL of €265,000 in funding has been allocated to four projects in County Wicklow out of a €21.6 million government pot under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The allocation of money is for mainly rural areas of the county and focuses on projects which can help to enhance and develop rural towns and villages, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.
Ballinaclash has been allocated a total of €21,000 to upgrade the Greenways walkway while Baltinglass has been allocated €88,000 to upgrade the town’s courthouse into a Digital Innovation Hub for small businesses and a tourist information centre.
A total of €56,000 has been allocated to Blessington to enhance its greenways project while Rathnew Youth Centre has been allocated €100,000.
Minister of State Andrew Doyle said the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an important part of Fine Gael’s work to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland and should have a significant impact on towns and villages across the country.
‘Here in Wicklow we have placed a particular emphasis this year on projects which have the capacity to support the economic development of rural town and villages as well as their neighbouring townlands,’ Minister Doyle told the Wicklow People.
‘The scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in our town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live and work and to visit.
‘I am delighted to see this scheme back up and running and I would like to congratulate this year’s successful projects - the upgrade of the walkway in Ballinaclash, the Digital Innovation Hub in Baltinglass, the Youth Centre in Rathnew and the Greenway Enhancements in Blessington,’ he said.
The €100,000 allocated to Rathnew will be used to develop a youth centre in the old St Joseph’s GNS building; The Blessington Greenway (below) has been allocated €56,000 for enhancement works.