East Cork grants al­lo­cated

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Food and arts fes­ti­vals and a mar­ket­ing plan to at­tract more tourists to a his­toric clock tower are among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of grants to­talling €120,000 which are be­ing al­lo­cated by the East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lors held a spe­cial meet­ing to con­sider how they’d dis­trib­ute this year’s town de­vel­op­ment funds.

They ap­proved a paint­ing and sig­nage scheme in­tended to help in ad­dress­ing dere­lic­tion and il­le­gal sig­nage as a means of im­prov­ing the at­trac­tive­ness and gen­eral en­vi­ron­ment of the town cen­tres in Youghal and Mi­dle­ton.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials said the scheme is prov­ing to be more ef­fec­tive in Youghal where there is a bet­ter up­take.

The coun­cil will also con­tinue its fi­nan­cial sup­port for the Youghal So­cial Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Group and is this year al­lo­cat­ing money to cre­ate a mar­ket­ing plan for the iconic Youghal Clock Gate Tower.

It was built in 1777 as a jail and even­tu­ally turned into a mu­seum.

A to­tal of €10,000 is be­ing al­lo­cated to help main­tain the his­toric build­ing and de­velop its web­site.

In ad­di­tion, coun­cil­lors de­cided to pro­vide €25,000 towards the gate tower’s mar­ket­ing bud­get.

As a grant of €150,000 was forth­com­ing for public realm re­gen­er­a­tion in Youghal Town Cen­tre from the Her­itage Coun­cil, coun­cil mem­bers de­cided this year to fun­nel money into a sim­i­lar pro­ject in Mi­dle­ton.

They have ap­proved an al­lo­ca­tion towards im­prov­ing the Mi­dle­ton Lodge Town Park, in­cor­po­rat­ing ‘Baby’s Walk’. A to­tal of €50,000 was pro­vided for the pro­ject.

Coun­cil­lors have also al­lo­cated money to sup­port the Queen of the Sea Fes­ti­val in Youghal and the FEAST, a Mi­dle­ton Food and Drink Fes­ti­val.

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