Louth Leader Partnership, which is chaired by Cllr Colm Markey, has agreed in principle to fund two new playgrounds and has allocated maximum funding of €75,000 per playground.
Louth village and Collon have been identified as the two areas with the greatest potential and biggest social gain.
While being invited to apply for funding is a positive development for Collon and Louth Village, it does not mean that the grant is approved yet. The community groups involved will need to secure ownership of a suitable site, raise 25 percent of the playground costs and secure planning permission from the local authority.
These playgrounds are made possible by co-operation between Louth Leader Partnership and Louth County Council who provide insurance cover and ongoing maintenance of the playgrounds when work is complete. However, the Louth Leader Partnership staff are ready and available to assist in any way possible and the groups involved are confident that the requirements can be met. Leader has funded playgrounds at Dunleer and Castlebellingham.