Penrose welcomes Town and Village funding for Westmeath and Longford

04 October 2017

Labour spokesperson on Rural Affairs, and Longford-Westmeath TD, Willie Penrose has welcomed the announcement of nearly €600,000 for projects in Westmeath under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, and a further €637,000 for Longford, but has said this must be sustained in future years.

Deputy Penrose said:

“I welcome the allocation of nearly €600,000 from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for projects in Westmeath and a further €637,00 for Longford but this must now be followed up with further action to restore and renew our small towns and villages.

“For example this will provide €40,000 to enhance the canal harbour and two public spaces in Ballinacargy, and €68,000 for signage and laneway improvements in Devlin. These are all essential projects that deserve the recognition of central Government.

“While all funds are welcome, out of €21.6 million I would have preferred if more came to Westmeath and Longford, and I will be raising this with Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring to ensure our counties get their fair share of Government support.

“I also hope this won’t be a once off scheme, but will be part of a sustained, multi-year approach to investing in our small towns and villages.

“The Government must continue to ensure they follow up on the commitments they have made in the Action Plan for Rural Development.”

The funding announced for Westmeath includes:

Ballinacargy

Enhance Canal Harbour, Enhance 2 public spaces on Main st

€40,000.00

Ballinahown

Three craft mobile sales points

€32,000.00

Collinstown

Develop Village Centre

€72,000.00

Delvin

Signage,Surface dressing of Laneway,Improve lighting, Provide Parking.

€68,000.00

Killucan/Rathwire

Improvement enhancement Town Park,Restoration of Mass path,Address high level of derelection.

€76,000.00

Kinnegad

Car Parking

€33,600.00

Milltown Pass

Economic Hub

€84,000.00

Moate

Car & Bus Parking

€92,000.00

Rahugh

Renovation & repair to local landmark

€38,400.00

Streamstown

Refurbishment  of old railway station

€60,000.00

 

 Total:

€596,000.00

The funding announced for Longford includes:

Ardagh

Walk

€42,400.00

Ballymahon

Enhance and build on work already carried out in the area

€58,240.00

Edgeworthstown

Enterprise Hub

€80,000.00

Granard

Landscape

€31,200.00

Lanesboro

Develop the infrastructure for free Wi-Fi

€30,000.00

Lisryan

Village Enhancement work

€51,200.00

Longford Creative Hub

Creative Hub

€200,000.00

Mullinalaghta

Enhancement

€48,360.00

Newtowncashel

Village enhancement

€20,000.00

Newtownforbes

Village enhancement

€76,000.00

 

 

€637,400.00

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