Num­ber of projects to get cash boost from coun­cil

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A whop­ping €185,000 will be spent in the Wick­low district this year on community projects.

At last Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low Mu­nic­i­pal District the mem­bers divvied out the dis­cre­tionary fund­ing they have avail­able to them.

The mem­bers have a to­tal of €185,000 dis­cre­tionary fund­ing but opted to al­lo­cate €171,500 of it at this junc­ture so that if other worth­while projects came to fruition dur­ing the year they would have some fund­ing left.

The mem­bers will use €10,000 for the Ash­ford Weir project which will see that area of the river cleaned up and im­proved vis­ually. There has also been on­go­ing fund­ing within the community for this project so it is ex­pected that the ad­di­tional €10,000 will make a real im­pact.

€20,000 will be used to re­fur­bish the pub­lic toi­lets in Round­wood which are cur­rently in a de­plorable state. A 1m foot­path cost­ing €20,000 will be in­stalled be­tween Hawk­stown junc­tion down Ash­ton Lane to the rugby club. The path won’t be as wide as nor­mal paths due to the nar­row space but it will make the area much safer.

€6,000 will be used to re­store and place a num­ber of very old ob­jects re­lat­ing to the mar­itime history of Wick­low. The restora­tion works will be done by lo­cal sculp­tor Thomas Flynn and the ob­jects will be placed be­tween the quay and the sail­ing club.

€5,000 will be used to light up Bal­lyn­errin play­ground. The play­ground it­self is cur­rently very poorly lit and there will be back lights placed on the ex­ist­ing light poles which are il­lu­mi­nat­ing the hous­ing es­tate.

There will be wild­flower plant­ing of €3,000 done on the Mur­rough close to the town which will al­low peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence a wild­flower area in the town.

€15,000 has been ear­marked to in­stall a pedes­trian cross­ing link­ing the three car­a­van parks in Brit­tas Bay to the other side of the road where the beaches are.

A path cost­ing €20,000 will be in­stalled at the Bal­li­nalea junc­tion to the junc­tion with the mo­tor­way at Ash­ford.

€7,000 has been al­lo­cated to plant­ing and land­scap­ing at Sin­not’s Cor­ner in Round­wood.

An 15mm over­lay of tar­mac will be laid at Seav­iew Heights in Rath­new to im­prove road sur­faces. This project has been al­lo­cated €12,000.

Traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures cost­ing €6,000 will also be in­stalled in Laragh.

€1,500 was al­lo­cated to main­tain a web­site which the Wick­low Town Team for the next three years. In ad­di­tion to this €1,500 the mem­bers also al­lo­cated a fur­ther €2,000 for its Towns Team project fund­ing. €11,000 was do­nated to var­i­ous tidy towns groups in the district.

€10,000 will be used for a foot­path at Mer­rymeet­ing, Rath­new while €5,000 will be used to clear and widen the path be­tween Kid­zone to Glebe­mount in Wick­low town. Sleep­ers will also be placed at the toe of the path.

€10,000 will be used for the carpark in Gle­nealy for foot­path and lines to co­in­cide with the 150th an­niver­sary of the church.

€10,000 will be used for foot­paths in es­tates in New­town­moun­tkennedy.

In ad­di­tion to the dis­cre­tionary fund­ing of €185,000 a fur­ther €56,000 will be spent on foot­paths within the district where there are cur­rently a lot of falls and trips. This money has been al­lo­cated to the coun­cil by the Ir­ish Pub­lic Bod­ies (IPB) In­sur­ance.

A fur­ther €56,000 of coun­cil fund­ing will be spent on foot­paths within the district through­out year as part of the coun­cil’s own fund­ing.

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