€105,000 allocated to enhance public areas in Kildare

Local community groups have been given the opportunity to raise funds where they can contribute to or enhance to the summer tourist season. 

105,000 has been allocated to Kildare County Council in a dedicated Public Area Enhancement Scheme to prepare for the summer tourist season.

Minister for the environment has urged that “wherever possible, local authorities should undertake work in co-operation with community-based groups.”  All work undertaken should be additional to work already planned and must also be supplemented with 25% matching funding from the local authority.

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Hogan launches €3 million Public Area Enhancement Scheme

The Minister for Environment, Community, and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., today (18 March) announced that €2.975 million would be provided to local authorities for a dedicated Public Area Enhancement scheme for the busy summer tourist season. The Minister said, “2014 has been a challenging year so far for local authorities in terms of managing their public spaces due to the exceptionally inclement weather conditions we have experienced and I know that towns and cities across the country will be hoping for another very successful tourist season this year, following on from the success of Gathering Ireland in 2013. This additional, once-off fund is being provided to support local authorities’ efforts to prepare and maintain their public areas in an effort to maximise the economic benefits that can flow from increased visitors to their towns, cities and counties.”

The Minister suggested that examples of work that might be undertaken could include additional support for community groups involved in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition, improvement works to public parks and recreational walking areas, cleaning and tidying of older graveyards or the cleaning and making safe of derelict buildings.

The funding has been allocated to all city and county councils on a proportional basis and the Minister asked that, “wherever possible, local authorities should undertake work in co-operation with community-based groups.”  All work undertaken should be additional to work already planned and must also be supplemented with 25% matching funding from the local authority.

Allocations to individual local authorities are set out in the following table:

County/City


2014 allocations

 

 

Dublin City

€105,000

Cork County

€105,000

Fingal

€105,000

South Dublin

€105,000

Kildare

€105,000

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€105,000

Meath

€105,000

Galway

€105,000

Donegal

€105,000

Kerry

€90,000

Wexford

€90,000

Wicklow

€90,000

Limerick

€90,000

Mayo

€90,000

Louth

€90,000

Cork City

€90,000

Clare

€90,000

Kilkenny

€90,000

South Tipperary

€90,000

Westmeath

€90,000

Laois

€90,000

Offaly

€90,000

Galway City

€90,000

Cavan

€70,000

North Tipperary

€70,000

Waterford

€70,000

Sligo County

€70,000

Roscommon

€70,000

Monaghan

€70,000

Limerick City

€70,000

Carlow

€70,000

Waterford City

€70,000

Longford

€70,000

Leitrim

€70,000

 Total

€2,975,000