Towns and vil­lages to share over €500,000

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

HALF-A-MIL­LION euro has been al­lo­cated to seven Co Wick­low projects un­der the Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme.

Bless­ing­ton, Hol­ly­wood, New­cas­tle, Newtownmountkennedy, Rath­drum, Ti­na­hely, and Wick­low town are all set to ben­e­fit from the scheme, which was es­tab­lished to en­hance ru­ral towns and vil­lages and help to stim­u­late eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Wick­low town is due to re­ceive €120,000 for the light­ing of land­mark build­ings in the town.

Newtownmountkennedy has been al­lo­cated €120,488 for pub­lic realm works, while Bless­ing­ton will re­ceive €80,000 for en­hance­ments to the town. Stay­ing in the west of the county, Hol­ly­wood is due to re­ceive 29,757 for a new path­way and safety en­hance­ment works.

The vil­lage of New­cas­tle has been al­lo­cated €23,760 for a healthcheck and the es­tab­lish­ment of 4km walk­way her­itage trail and geo­phys­i­cal sur­vey, while Ti­na­hely will re­ceive €76,000 for pub­lic realm im­prove­ments.

Fi­nally, €68,000 has been set aside for the in­stal­la­tion of street light­ing in Rath­drum. Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Pat Kennedy, these lights will stretch from the garda sta­tion down to Mill Bridge and are ‘30 years over­due’.

Wel­com­ing the fund­ing an­nounce­ment for Co Wick­low, Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris said the Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme is a key part of the Govern­ment’s Ac­tion Plan for Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

‘It is vi­tal that we are fo­cus­ing on sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing our ru­ral towns and vil­lages in Co Wick­low,’ he said.

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins has wel­comed the fund­ing made avail­able for Bless­ing­ton and Hol­ly­wood.

‘It’s good news. Hol­ly­wood has been try­ing to get a foot­path for some time to run from the vil­lage up to the new bus stop planned for the N81 junc­tion near the ser­vice sta­tion.

‘Wick­low re­ceived €518,000 which is well up on last year, but its still not the level that I wish it to be at,’ said Cllr Tim­mins.

Wel­com­ing the ap­provals, the Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil, Cllr Pat Vance, said all seven projects, spread across dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties through­out the county, would sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance a num­ber of towns and vil­lages and he con­grat­u­lated all those in­volved in the ap­pli­ca­tions.

Frank Cur­ran, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, also con­grat­u­lated the groups in­volved in the in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tions and said that coun­cil staff will now work in part­ner­ship with the suc­cess­ful groups to carry out the work as speed­ily as pos­si­ble.

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