Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Friday January 8th) announced over €15.4 million under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, with 6 projects in Leitrim being awarded a cumulative total of €645,000.
The funding will assist towns and villages to implement measures that can help them to respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19.
The funding will benefit 147 towns and villages and will fund a wide and diverse range of projects nationwide including walkways, community parks, outdoor cinemas, cycleways as well as the regeneration of derelict buildings and enhancement works at tourism attractions and other important local amenities.
Announcing the successful projects today, Minister Humphreys said:
“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."
"The funding I am announcing today is about helping communities get back on their feet and adapt to the ongoing challenges COVID-19 presents – it will help make our towns and villages safer places to live, work and do business."
"The pandemic has made us all appreciate the importance of getting outdoors for a little exercise and fresh air. I am delighted that a wide range of projects being funded today will support the development of recreational amenities such as walkways, cycleways, dog parks, community parks, playgrounds and more."
Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Councillor Mary Bohan welcomed the announcement of funding by Minister Humphries for six Towns and villages in Leitrim namely, Carrick on Shannon, Carrigallen, Jamestown, Rooskey, Drumshanbo and Dowra. “This funding will greatly enhance the offering within our local towns and Villages for locals and visitors alike and ultimately the County as a whole, it will support our communities as we adapt to Covid -19. The investment from the Town and Village Standard scheme 2020 of €645,000 in Leitrim will greatly support the ongoing development of our county.”
The projects that have secured funding Leitrim are as follows:
· Carrick-on-Shannon: The creation of a town centre community venue with capacity to host community and charity events including festivals, fun runs and cycles in line with public health guidelines. Funding approved €200,000.
· Carrigallen: The provision of a footpath from the village to the west shore of the Lake Amenity. Funding approved €100,000.
· Drumshanbo: Enhancement of recreational facilities for safer walking and cycling at the Millrace river and the provision of additional car parking spaces in the village. Funding approved €98,100.
· Dowra: The construction of a viewing bay with seating and stone wall providing a rest stop and bicycle parking at the River Shannon. Funding approved €47,250.
· Jamestown: Village enhancement and provision of a footpath linking the circular walking and cycle route with the village and the Carrick Loop Walkway. Funding approved €99,900.
· Rooskey: To construct a walkway/cycleway to join the village footpath with the Killinaker Bridge. Funding approved 99,900.