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Sligo towns and villages to benefit from €380,000 funding

County Sligo is to benefit from a €380,000 funding grant under the  €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Co Leitrim will also receive the same sum.

Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has said that towns and villages in Co. Sligo are to benefit from €380,000 funding under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“My colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has yesterday, 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 Co. Sligo and across the country.

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

'Successful'

South Sligo based Cllr Dara Mulvey has also welcomed the funding approval. He told Sligo Today, "Local Authorities, in conjunction with local communities and businesses, were invited to submit proposals by the end of September for approval. I am pleased  that the successful applications  have been announced.

"I know the great commitment given by  Volunteering Community groups who work tirelessly for the betterment of their areas."

The four Sligo communities to receive funding are;

Tubbercurry €95,000
Improve recreational facilities - playground, streetscape enhancements

Enniscrone €95,000
Enhancement of the Pier, Castle Field and Hollow areas.

Ballisodare €95,000
Enhancement of Ballisodare village & community park

Grange €95,000
Enhancement works in the village, improve pedestrian safety, car parking.

Deputy McLoughlin added, “We are determined to get this funding out as quickly as possible. Now that the projects have been approved, work can get underway on improving Sligo'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 CLΑR 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 Sligo