Towns and villages in Carlow to benefit from funding under €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme – DEERING

4th November, 2016

 Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has said that towns and villages in Carlow are to benefit from funding under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Carlow will receive €380,000 funding.

“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 Carlow and across the country.

“The funding awarded to towns and villages in Carlow is being used for a wide variety of projects, identified by Carlow County Council, in conjunction with local community groups and businesses in Carlow. 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 Carlow more attractive and more sustainable places in which to live and work.

Bagnalstown – €85,000 – Upgrading of seating/bins, maintenance and upkeep of lock, provision of life buoys, tree guards, improve security by upgraing camera and lighting, plannting, upgrade sports facilities, upgrade footpaths, village debibrillator, develop social media and co-op supports for businesses.

Borris – €47,600 – Improve playground surface, development of pathways/tourism board/signage/interactive guide/ installation of defribillator. Community website etc

Hacketstown – €54,450 – Initial work for Key footpath for village access, development of interactive tourism maps, paining of derelict sites, Village Health check, defibrillator, commuity website etc.

Leighlinbridge – €38,250 – Completion of standing stone, interactive map, upgrade of playground, upgrade of footpaths, Village Health check, community website, business supports.

Myshall – €34,000 – Tourism brochures, village paint scheme, upgrade parking at community centre, Village Health check, village website, business supports

Rathvilly – €35,700 – Tourism signage, purchase of equipment for community maintence of public areas, paint scheme, christmas lights, village health check, defibrillator, community website, business supports.

Tullow – €85,000 – Additional playground equipment, Community Website, Tourism maps, signage, tarmac, footpath, paint scheme, improvements to external appearance of Bridge hse, Health check etc

“We are determined to get this funding out to rural Carlow as quickly as possible. Now that the projects have been approved, work can get underway on improving Carlow’s 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 Carlow.”