Money Available For Community Projects In Carrigaline Area
Writes Leo McMahon
Money is available this year to communities in South Cork across a wide range of schemes, the January meeting of the County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) was told.
Out of its General Municipal Allocation (GMA) said MD officer Noelle Desmond, €188,598 was on offer from the Community Fund Scheme for three schemes but stressed that the closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday, February 14th.
These are: (1). Capital Fund – for community and sporting groups wishing to undertake infrastructural projects costing over €20,000 (e.g. improving community halls, sports facilities).
(2). Community Contract – for Tidy Towns groups working with the council on local projects.
(3). Amenity Fund – for community and sporting groups wishing to undertake projects or purchase equipment costing less than €20,000.
Ms. Desmond also referred to the Town Development Fund (TDF) serving larger settlements which for Carrigaline MD in 2020 is totalling €120,000. It was anticipated proposals for streetscape painting and signage projects to enhance public realms, festival lights, St Patrick’s Day, arts and twinning events would be brought before councillors at the next MD meeting. Cllr Liam O’Connor (FG) asked for a breakdown of spending on the TDF for the next meeting and this was agreed.
The total amount for the MD under the Village Enhancement Scheme (VES) was €68,750 and villages currently earmarked included Crosshaven, Ballinhassig, Ballygarvan, Half Way, Minane Bridge and Waterfall.
However, Ms. Desmond said the VES had now been extended to cover all villages - not just those earmarked in the Local Area Plan. 2019 projects were in Half Way where a contractor was due on site in February and at Ringaskiddy where works were due to be carried out to complement the €1million Public Realm Enhancement Plan. She suggested the MD discuss how the plan can proceed in 2020 and the following years.
Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) asked that Monkstown, as previously agreed, be considered separately from Passage West under any future village renewal or town approaches/traffic calming scheme. Cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) agreed and asked that Shanbally also be included in a village enhancement scheme.
Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) noted the plan to have a footpath from the new housing estate to the edge of Ballinhassig but urged this be extended to the village itself.
In reply to Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF), the MD officer said the VES would apply at this stage to Crosshaven only, not the bays.
In reply to Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) and others, Ms Desmond said all suggestions and proposals for other villages would be taken on board while senior executive officer Nicola Radley said there was now an opportunity for the MD to plan a multi-annual fund for the years beyond.
It was agreed to discuss all schemes at the next meeting.
* Congratulations and best wishes were extended to meeting administrator Alan O’Callaghan on his appointment as assistant manager at Spike Island and a welcome was extended to his successor Sophie Power, assistant staff officer.
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