Community gain grant schemes to be examined

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MONEY from community gain schemes has been allocated in an ad hoc manner, a Kildare County Council official has said.

MONEY from community gain schemes has been allocated in an ad hoc manner, a Kildare County Council official has said.

Speaking on a proposals by Councillors Kennedy, Larkin, McEvoy and Moore that the Council examine the impact of existing and future community gain schemes look at improvements, Council executive, Ann Rowan, said the Council has obtained significant funding from major developments, like that in Drehid and its Council Internal Audit section is examining the schemes.

Ms. Rowan said “procedures may need to be strengthened”. A Council’s SPC will prepare a report.

She said “it was imperative that the funds are distributed equitably and spent on the intended purpose.” They should be transparent with spending accounted for and checked.

Cllr. Seamus Langan told a Kildare County Council meeting that the Drehid scheme was part of the planning conditions but was “not working very well at the moment”

County Manager, Michael Malone, said the study would be timely and relevant given local government funding.

- Henry Bauress