RU­RAL RE­NEWAL

Four Wick­low projects to share €265,000 in fund­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By NI­COLA DON­NELLY

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.

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