Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

FUND­ING HAS been awarded for bus shel­ters to be in­stalled in four com­mu­ni­ties in West Wick­low.

Balt­in­glass Town Re­newal Group, Manor Kil­bride Com­mu­nity group, Hol­ly­wood Com­mu­nity Fo­rum and Bless­ing­ton and Dis­trict Fo­rum will all re­ceive grants of €5,000 to build new shel­ters.

A spokeper­son for Wick­low County Coun­cil said the awards had been made in ‘keep­ing with County Wick­low’s Age Friendly Strat­egy.

‘The County Wick­low Age Friendly Strat­egy 2017–2022 was cre­ated by older peo­ple for older peo­ple and sets out a se­ries of actions which they would like to see pro­gressed for the county.’

‘One of those actions was to de­velop bus shel­ters and seat­ing as re­quired and we be­lieve that this fund­ing pro­vided by the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs will progress this ac­tion,’ said Richella Wood, Wick­low County Coun­cil’s Age Friendly Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer,

‘A large per­cent­age of older peo­ple rely on pub­lic trans­port which sup­ports them to keep their in­de­pen­dence.’

The ex­act lo­ca­tions of the bus shel­ters have yet to be agreed on.

‘This must take into ac­count tech­ni­cal and en­gi­neer­ing con­sid­er­a­tions, dis­cus­sion with the rel­e­vant ser­vice providers and in­put from the lo­cal com­mu­nity groups,’ said the Wick­low County Coun­cil spokesper­son.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill, Cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict, welcomed the an­nounce­ment that fund­ing would be made avail­able for new bus shel­ters in the west of the county.

‘It’s good news that west Wick­low has been in­cluded with these new shel­ters. I now want to en­sure that the project moves for­ward to en­sure the fund­ning isn’t lost.’

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