Number of projects to get cash boost from council
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.