Villages in Louth are to benefit from the Town and Village renewal scheme to the tune of €380,000.
Fine Gael Louth TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has said that towns and villages in Louth are to benefit from funding under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Here's the breakdown:
€72,250- Upgrading and visual enhancement of 3 roundabouts, signage, upgrade of Heritage Trail, Wildlife garden and Rwailway walk and extention of playground facility
€42,925 - Upgrade Sea wall in car park, undertake drainage works, resurface, line and carry out improvements on car park in Blackrock community centre.
€37,325 - Upgrade Little Strand facilities, build a wall in car park, planting, purchase a beach accessible mat, install 3 outdoor showers at beach
€30,600 - Civil works to create a heritage park in village centre
€100,000 - Location Branding, provision of recycling bins, planting of trees, lighting, signage
€25,500 - Improvements to streetscape
€28,900 - Extend playground and undertake minor streetscape and visual enhancements
€42,500 - Renovate playground
O'Dowd added: “My colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has today (Friday) announced that 172 towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from €10 million in funding under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
“The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government. Under Budget 2017, Minister Humphreys also announced that she has secured increased funding for the scheme for 2017, when €12 million will be made available to towns and villages in Louth and across the country.
“The funding awarded to towns and villages in Louth is being used for a wide variety of projects, identified by Louth County Council, in conjunction with local community groups and businesses. These include improving playgrounds and footpaths, tourism amenities, public art pieces and a wide range of works to improve the streetscape and public realm of towns and villages nationwide, to help make towns and villages in the County more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.
“We are determined to get this funding out to rural Louth as quickly as possible. Now that the projects have been approved, work can get underway on improving the designated towns and villages.
“This scheme is an important part of Fine Gael’s commitment to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland. We are also rolling out a range of other initiatives, including the REDZ scheme, the recently reopened CLÁR scheme and the Rural Recreation Scheme. In addition, work on the Action Plan for Rural Development is progressing well.
Rural development is a key priority for Fine Gael. Our towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but many of them are still recovering from the economic downturn. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to help breath life back into our rural towns and villages here in Louth.