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Balrothery Village to receive €100,000 from a Government Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Seven of Fingal’s town and villages are to benefit from a €10m Government initiative, the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Under the scheme, a wide variety of improvement projects identified by Fingal County Council in conjunction with local community groups and businesses will be funded. Funding awards for the seven Fingal projects range from €29,000 to €100,000.

The projects awarded funding under the scheme will increase footfall and stimulate the local economy of the county’s town and villages. Funded projects will include the development of a playground, the installation of outdoor exercise equipment at a number of sites, streetscape and environmental enhancements, and new pathways and signage that will unlock existing amenities to both visitors and local residents.

The Fingal towns and villages announced last week by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD as beneficiaries of the scheme are;

Ballyboughal - €34,000

  • Installation of outdoor exercise equipment

Balrothery - €100,000

  • To undertake landscape improvements at the entrance to, and the exit from the village

  • To build a new pathway linking Glebe Park to an existing heritage trail through the village

  • Installation of outdoor exercise equipment in Glebe Park

  • Boundary improvements to Balrothery graveyard

Balscadden - €34,000

  • Installation of outdoor exercise equipment

Donabate - €39,000

  • Install signage to direct people from Donabate train station to Newbridge House and Farm.

  • In addition, the project will open up, widen, and replace, an old gateway at the back of the estate, making the facility more accessible for local residents.

Loughshinny - €29,000

  • Streetscape and environmental enhancements to a strategic site at the entrance to Loughshinny Village on the R128 Rush Skerries Road.

Rush - €99,000

  • Delivery of a playground in Harbour Park

Tyrrelstown - €45,000

  • The development of a network of paths through Tyrrelstown Park

In each case, these awards will be further supplemented by funding from Fingal County Council.

Paul Reid Chief Executive Fingal County Council said: “I am delighted with this news and I wish to congratulate all and acknowledge the hard work that went into putting these submissions together. This news comes on the back of the fantastic successes enjoyed by Fingal’s towns and villages in this year’s Tidy Towns competition and it further recognises the cooperation and partnership enjoyed by the local communities and Fingal County Council and shows what is possible. We recognise the potential that exists in Fingal’s communities and we actively support them through initiatives like the recently held Cleaner Community Awards 2016. It is no coincidence either that our towns and villages form part of our tourism proposition and I am pleased to note Minister Humphreys’ comments that this scheme will be available again in 2017 and I look forward to more benefits for Fingal’s towns and villages.”

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