Ef­forts to clas­sify Balt­ing lass as a her­itage town

De­cem­ber 1993

Bray People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil is to seek to have Balt­in­glass clas­si­fied as a her­itage town in an at­tempt to se­cure fund­ing for the up­grad­ing of the pub­lic li­brary in the court­house. The im­prove­ments re­quired will cost be­tween £100,000 and £150,000 ac­cord­ing to coun­cil of­fi­cials - and there is no sign of ei­ther the Depart­ment of Jus­tice or the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment com­ing up with the nec­es­sary cash.

The Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Michael Smith, has been asked to meet a dep­u­ta­tion from Wick­low County Coun­cil about the con­di­tion of li­braries in the county, but he has not yet agreed to the re­quest. And even if fi­nance for the li­braries is made avail­able to the coun­cil, Balt­in­glass may not ben­e­fit.

It lan­guishes in third place on the pri­or­ity list, be­hind Bray and New­town­moun­tkennedy.

How­ever, County Man­ager, Blaise Treacy, has told coun­cil­lors that he will at­tempt to have Balt­in­glass deemed a her­itage town, which may im­prove the prospects of com­ing up with the nec­es­sary money.

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