Over €100,000 has been secured for funding to help Cavan communities to shop, socialise and work safely in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Published on: 03 Aug 2020
The funding, announced today by Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, and the Islands, Heather Humphreys, under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, will support renewal measures in Cootehill, Killeshandra, Kilnaleck, and Swanlinbar.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said, “Local Authorities throughout the country have been developing creative and innovative proposals to increase footfall and assist businesses in our rural towns and villages”.
“This tranche of funding announced today is part of an enhanced €25 million Town and Village Scheme which will continue to rejuvenate rural communities across Ireland.
“It is vitally important that we increase footfall in rural towns and villages by supporting them to adapt to this ‘new normal’ as a result of COVID-19. This funding will benefit communities by altering the streetscapes so that people can shop, work and socialise safely.”
Following the announcement, Chief Executive of Cavan County Council, Tommy Ryan said, “This initial allocation of funds under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is most welcome and will equip communities in Cootehill, Killeshandra, Kilnaleck, and Swanlinbar to implement creative measures to enhance their streetscapes and provide a welcome boost to the local economy”.
“These solutions have been identified in consultation with local communities as part of the development of Town and Village Revitalisation Plans as part of our commitment to developing the physical and social fabric of our Towns and Villages and making them more attractive places to live and to work,” added Mr Ryan.
The breakdown of funds allocated to County Cavan is as follows:
Cootehill: €37,090 for measures including a marketing strategy and development of web portal to enable online selling in Cootehill.
Killeshandra: €22,262 for health and safety improvements at Community Centre, Loop Walk Enhancements, seating and footpath cleaning.
Kilnaleck: €25,000 to install canopy on Astro turf sports facility for sports, social and cultural events.
Swanlinbar: €22,361 for the creation of an outdoor area for community hub including BBQ area and bike rentals to improve tourist offering