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Matthews welcomes funding for 5 Wicklow projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Date: 8 January 2021

Green Party TD for Wicklow, Steven Matthews has welcomed the news that 5 Wicklow projects receive funding through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme totalling €567,083, announced by the Government this week. Discussing the news Deputy Matthews said:

“In what has already proved to be a challenging start to the new year, news of this funding for 5 areas in Wicklow is hugely welcome. Rural towns and villages across Wicklow are a vital part of the fabric of our lives. One of the main things that we have learned through this pandemic is how much we rely on our local communities and I hope that this has rekindled our sense of pride in where we live. This funding is designed to help communities respond to the Covid-19 crisis and includes a focus on remote working spaces and enhancing public spaces so that local people can better enjoy their towns/ villages.

“The funding that has been allocated to deal with specific projects that had been flagged with me in recent years both during my time in Wicklow County Council and more recently as a TD and I am delighted to see the funding becoming available to make them a reality.

  • Annamoe: Footpaths linking key sites in the village, improvements to the street scape, village centre and traffic safety measures. Funding of €100,000 approved.

  • Avoca: Development of a walking track around 'Rooster Park, improvements to a local picnic area and viewing area for local games. Funding of €68,445 approved.

  • Stratford: Provision of a community shop, cafe, remote working space, meeting spaces, a housing unit and a playground for Stratford on Slaney. Funding of €199,800 approved.

  • Laragh: The adaptation of Brockragh Resource Centre to facilitate a Digital Hub and remote working space. Funding of €100,000 approved.

  • Enniskerry: Public realm works, including pedestrian access, development of a community garden and remedial works to the village clock tower. Funding of €98,838 approved.

“The pandemic has made us all recognise the importance of getting outdoors for some fresh air. I am delighted that some of the projects being funded will support the development of recreational amenities such as walkways, path improvements and a community garden.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the people involved in making applications for these projects communities. The areas that have been granted funding have occasionally been overlooked for support in the past so it’s hugely welcome to see this investment after such a challenging year”, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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