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Mayo County Council Welcomes Town And Village Renewal Scheme Funding

Date: 14-12-2022

Mayo County Council warmly welcomes the announcement of €1,165,343 for seven different projects in the County under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2022, the Streetscapes Enhancement Initiative, and the Project Development Measure.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced the funding which will combat dereliction and breathe new life into rural towns and villages, today, Wednesday, December 14th,  2022.

Four projects in Mayo were awarded funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, one under the Streetscapes Enhancement Initiative and two under the Project Development Measure.

Belmullet, Ballycastle, Balla and Partry have all been selected for funding for projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, with Ballyhaunis selected under the Streetscapes Enhancement Initiative and Balla and Louisburgh were chosen under the Project Development Measure.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Seamus Weir welcomed the announcement of the funding saying: “This a great news for all the towns and villages that have received funding under these initiatives.

“I want to complement all those involved in the hard work of putting together the applications for these projects.

“It will bring new life and vibrancy to these communities and allow them to prosper and develop into the future. 

“These projects will have wide ranging impacts across entire communities, with projects including youth facilities, community parks and enterprise hubs receiving funding.”

Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council also welcomed the announcement adding: “I want to pay tribute to all of the communities that have been successful in their applications.

“A lot of hard work from all the applicants went into preparing these applications and Mayo County Council was happy to engage and assist them in this process and we are delighted to see the fruits of that work come to fruition today.

“I would also like to compliment the staff of Mayo County Council who were on hand to offer their expertise and guidance to the communities in these applications. It is a great example of local communities and the council working together for the benefit of the county as whole.”

The successful projects in Mayo were:

Belmullet: €500,000 for the redevelopment of existing semi derelict Canal House to provide a dedicated youth facility, base for outdoor activities and a link to the existing canal bank walk

Ballycastle: €245,843 for the refurbishment of a vacant, former woodworking building, upgrading it to a state-of-the-art audio-visual and lecture theatre complementing the newly developed eco-campus environmental facility in Ballycastle.

Balla: €120,000 for the development of a community park in village centre and a community and enterprise hub in vacant courthouse building.

Partry: €100,000 for the repurposing of a community owned building for remote working and development of a community park in the village of Partry. 

Ballyhaunis: €100,000 for streetscape enhancements in Ballyhaunis.

Ballina: €49,500 to plan and design a co-ordinated approach to lighting programme ‘Light Up Ballina’ (may include: traditional Christmas lighting, Frosty Festival hosted by the Scouts, Jackie Clarke Collection festivities, and lights spectacular for 300th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the town.

Louisburgh: €50,000 for condition and architectural surveys, visitor experience design, architectural stages one to four RIAI for Grace O’Malley Visitor Experience (€20,000 already spent on feasibility study).

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