Towns and villages in Kerry to benefit from funding under €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Brendan Griffin TD 

Brendan Griffin

Kerry

Friday, 4th November 2016

Towns and villages in Kerry to benefit from funding under €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme – Brendan Griffin TD 

Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has said that towns and villages in Kerry are to benefit from funding under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme. 

“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 Kerry and across the country.

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

Gneeveguilla  €42,222  Rewiring Works

Portmagee      €46,455 Tourism, Infrastructure

Castleisland    €50,667 Town Health Check, Refurbishment of the Carnegie Centre

Fenit                €76,000 Improvement to Entrance and Centre of Village

Sneem         €71,777 Refurbishment of Enterprise Centre

Listowel          €92,879 Extension of existing Greenway in to North Kerry, Development of Blueway on River Feale

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

ENDS

For Further Information contact Brendan on 087-6528841

Notes for Editors:

 

· The Town and Village Renewal scheme is part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic recovery are felt in every part of the country. The scheme also addresses one of the recommendations in the CEDRA report, which was published in 2014. 

· Total funding of €10 million in Capital funding is being provided by the Government in 2016 for the scheme. An allocation of €380,000 will be available in each of the 26 counties for Town and Village renewal projects. 

· There are two categories of eligible Towns/Villages: 

Category 1: Towns/villages with a population <5,000.

Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,000 – 10,000.

· Funding is being allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project.

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