Council welcomes Town and Village funding for County Clare
Funding of €779,242 for six projects in County Clare has been announced recently by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The six successful projects in Clare are:
1. Newmarket-on-Fergus (€200k) – Completion of phase 2 of the regeneration of a derelict building to include commercial enterprise hubs, a commercial cookery school, a hot desk holistic office space for remote working and a youth cafe
2. Kilfenora (€200k) – To re-establish the Burren Centre through the upgrading of the entire facility, including interior fit-out, upgrading of signage, graphics, lighting and audio-visual hardware content
3. Lisdoonvarna (€90,242) – The development of a universally accessible walking route through the town park and town centre
4. Parteen (€100k) – The installation of a footpath/cycle path to complete the connection between Parteen village and Larkin’s Cross
5. Clooney (€99k) – The provision of a footpath/cycleway in the village to include public realm infrastructure to safeguard users of the facility
6. Barefield Village (€90k) – Construction of a cycle/footpath to link both ends of Barefield Village, including traffic calming, uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, drainage and landscaping.
Welcoming the funding announcement, the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Mary Howard, said it “will bring a welcome stimulus to towns and villages in receipt of funding and will help them get back on their feet and adapt to the ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19”.
Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council, noted that the significant investment in the projects in Clare will make these towns and villages more attractive places to visit and enjoy. “Our rural towns and villages are a vital part of the fabric of our lives. The past year has shown us, more than ever, how much we rely on our local communities, and has rekindled our sense of pride in where we live.”
Mr Dowling acknowledged the Covid-19 focus of the funding announcement and said: “The pandemic has made us all appreciate the importance of getting outdoors for a little exercise and fresh air, while adhering to Government guidelines. I am delighted that a number of Clare projects in receipt of funding will support the development of recreational amenities such as walkways and cycleways.”
Leonard Cleary, Director of Rural Development, Clare County Council, acknowledged the “commitment, interest and innovation of communities in putting forward projects for consideration under this funding measure to enable their social and economic recovery in the face of the challenges presented by Covid-19”.
Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding has been announced for completion of phase 2 of the regeneration of a derelict building in Newmarket-on-Fergus, to include commercial enterprise hubs, a commercial cookery school, a hot desk holistic office space for remote working and a youth cafe.
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