Kildare County Council has been defended against claims that grants earmarked specifically for voluntary Tidy Towns (TT) groups have been cut.
Groups around the Naas area undertake a huge amount of clean up work and conservation projects each year - work that might otherwise have to be done by Naas Town Council or Kildare County Council staff.
Cllr. Willie Callaghan said has been “receiving calls from the Sallins area” stating the TT grants are not being given out - but this, he says, is not true.
There may be a bit of confusion about this “or people looking for headlines in the local media.”
Cllr. Callaghan added: “The TT grants have not been cut and are likely to be the same as last year. People may be referring to the amenity grant which is administered separately and “generally relates to specific projects as opposed to a general grant.”
He said many amenity grants in 2013 were directed towards projects associated with the Irish Open at Maynooth.
“This will obviously limit amounts available for other purposes,” he added.
KCC said there has been a substantial increase grant applications at a time when funding has been cut. The council said that it has not been possible to award funds to all applicants.
- Paul O’Meara