Friday, November 04, 2016

Meath Towns and Villages to benefit from €380,000 under Renewal Scheme

Minister Regina Doherty TD
Government Chief Whip
Meath East

4th November 2016
Meath Towns and Villages to benefit from €380,000 under Renewal Scheme – Doherty

Meath East Minister of State and Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has said that towns and villages in Meath 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 Meath and across the country. 

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

The following local projects are to receive funding:
    - Duleek - €63,300 for Streetscape and Traffic management
    - Dunshaughlin - €31,450 for footpaths
    - Ratoath - €31,450 for Signage, road surfacing and footpaths
    - Skryne - €31,450 for footpaths
    - Stamullen - €31,450 for pedestrian crossings & footpaths
    - Dunderry - €63,000 for provision of footpaths
    - Enfield - €62,900 for footpaths
    - €65,000 – final project TBC with Meath County Council

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

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