Newbridge Town Council recently divided out its community grants budget of €6,000 to a number of community schemes in Newbridge.
The Crooked House Theatre Company, which caters for young people interested in theatre, received the highest award with a grant of €1,200 for the year.
The St Conleth’s Pantomime Troupe was earmarked for €500 while the Local Education Committee, One Book One Town scheme received €350. The Newbridge Youth Project run under the Kildare Youth Services received €300 while the local award winning drama group Droichead Nua Players, received €300 for the year.
The Newbridge Community Marching Band received €300 as did the Newbridge No Name Club for Activities and the Krukut Kidz Summer Project was awarded €350.
Newbride Resource Centre for the unemployed were given €300 and the Curragh/Newbridge Garda Division Summer Project for children was also given €300.
The Rosconnell Youth Group got €200 and the Newbridge Local History Group got the same amount to set up exhibition of old Newbridge photos. Lastly Lakeside Park Residents Association got €200 alongside the Newbridge Beaver Section, the 2nd Kildare Newbridge Scout Troup, the Newbridge Cub Section and the Kildare Down Syndrome Drama group.
Meanwhile Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin raised a motion recently that the TownCouncil support the temporary reuse of vacant properties in Newbridge to help showcase local artists and artisans.
Cllr O’Loughlin outlined a scheme which had worked in other towns, where local artists can display their crafts in vacant venues.
The advantage is that young artists can showcase their crafts.
Following some discussion around this and local enterprise units, Cllr O’Loughlin agreed to do more research on the subject and come back to Council with her findings.
Cllr Molyneaux also raised a motion to encourage cycling in Newbridge as a mode of transport, and requested that Kildare County Council investigate the possibility of the installation of ‘bicycle parking’.
Some members thought that there was a bicycle rack for parking put in place some years ago. It was agreed to forward this item to the area engineer for investigation. The discussion also covered the issue of cycle lanes which were implemented in the town in a “piecemeal manner” and it was felt that a cycling parking strategy could be implemented.