€380k boost for five south Kildare towns

Town and Village Scheme

Paula Campbell

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€380k boost for five south Kildare towns

Kildare town

Athy, Kildare town, Ballymore Eustace, Timolin and Ballitore are to benefit from funding up to €380,000 under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, announced on Friday 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.

Five towns in Kildare South will benefit overall from the €10 million scheme

“This includes €380,000 for five South Kildare towns and villages Athy, Kildare Town, Ballymore Eustace, Timolin and Ballitore. The funds will assist a range of worthy projects in the towns in conjunction with local community groups and businesses,” said Kildare South TD Martin Heydon.

The break down of funding includes €95,000 to go towards the upgrade of the town square in Athy. A further €95,000 will go towards consultants to work on a framework for the town centre in Kildare town, while €45,000 is allocated for landscape enhancement in Ballymore Eustace, €20,000 for a feature at the entrance to Timolin, and €25,000 for the Tanyard Project in Ballitore.

“The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government,” he added.

“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 across the country.

“The funding is a great boost to these South Kildare communities and I look forward to working with locals groups to see the projects brought to a reality.”