File photo: Rathangan town centre
Funding of €520,000 has been announced today for key projects in Kilcullen, Rathangan, as well as Castledermot, Athgarvan, Monasterevin, Derrinturn, Straffan and Ardclough.
The Town and Village renewal scheme funding was confirmed today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring as part of a €21m allocation around the Country. At €200,000 Kilcullen and Rathangan are among the highest grants in the Country.A grant of €200,000 has been approved for the revamp of Rathangan town centre.
Cllr Mark Stafford today welcomed the grants which were announced by Minister Michael Ring this morning.
Funding has been secured for the redevelopment of Market Square and public realm works at Market Square and Bridge Street, Rathangan.
"Congratulations to Rathangan Tidy Towns and Kildare County Council who worked together on this project. Following extensive public consultation the proposal was prepared by the Paul Hogarty Company. It is anticipated that the overall project will cost in the region of €500,000," said Cllr Stafford.
"I had secured the backing of my fellow Municipal District Councillors to allocate €70,000.00 from LPT funding towards this project earlier this year and I will be looking to the Municipal District to match this amount again next year. The proposal has received the full backing of the Kildare Newbridge Municipal District and is expected to go to Part 8 shortly."
He said the purpose of the scheme is to support improvements to public amenities in town and village centres to help make them more attractive places in which to live work and visit.
"Market Square or Paradise Square as it is also known is the focal point for the community in Rathangan and is the first vista that most visitors see coming into Rathangan over Rathangan Bridge and this project will make it a real hub for activity in the town. I have worked closely on this project with Martin Heydon TD who has emphasised the importance of this project for the community of Rathangan with Minister Ring," he added.
Deputy Martin Heydon said; “The allocations of €200k for both Kilcullen and Rathangan are significant and will help to enhance community space in both of these towns. I was happy to support these two very worthwhile projects that will have a very significant impact on Kilcullen and Rathangan. I would also like to acknowledge the support of Kildare County Council, in particular Joe Boland, director of services, for supporting both local community groups in preparing the ground for two good applications.
“The allocation for Kilcullen will go towards an impressive redevelopment of the Market Square beside the Liffey Bridge. The Kilcullen Community Action (KCA) Group have been working on this for a number of years and the allocation of €200k will be a large contribution towards the overall project."
He said the Rathangan project has been supported by the Tidy Towns committee working in conjunction with Cllr Mark Stafford.
“Allocations of €20,000 each for health checks in Athgarvan, Derrinturn, Castledermot, Straffan and Ardclough will help these towns to develop projects for future town and village applications. Monasaterevin has also received €20,000 to repair and upgrade two woodland walks," he added.
“The town & village grant scheme, introduced by Government a couple of years ago is having a very positive impact on Kildare’s rural towns & villages. From Monasterevin to Narraghmore, Ballymore Eustace to Athy, Ballitore, Kildare town and Timolin these recent grant allocations are supporting the excellent work of local voluntary community groups. I look forward to working with the community groups of Kilcullen and Rathangan as they progress the development of their respective market squares."
Dep Fiona O'Loughlin said; "I am absolutely thrilled that both Rathangan and Kilcullen have been given these grants. I would have worked very closed with the local communities in both towns and helped initiate the initial consultation process and worked with the Kilcullen group lead by Antoinette Buckley and the Rathangan Tidy Towns."
She said this will make a huge difference to the public realm in both towns and there would be further consultation through the Part 8 process.
She said welcomed the investment in Kildare's smaller towns and stressed Monasterevin is next on the list for this scheme with public consultation taking place in November with hopes that a grant application can be made by the May deadline.
The full list of projects covered by the €520,000 grant allocation are:
Ardclough - €20,000 - health check
Athgarvan - €20,000 - health check
Castledermot - €20,000 - health check
Derrinturn - €200,000 - health check
Kilcullen - Redevelopment of Kilcullen Market Square - €200,000
Monasterevin - €20,000 - repair, upgrade and increase accessiblity on two woodland walks
Rathangan - €200,000 - Redevelopment of Market Square
Straffan - €20,000 - health check