€160,000 for Public Area Enhancement Scheme

€160,000 for Public Area Enhancement Scheme



Clare County Council has issued an open call to TidyTowns and community and voluntary groups for submissions in relation to the Public Area Enhancement Scheme 2017.

The Elected Members of Clare County Council have approved an allocation of €160,000, which is being funded entirely from the Local Authority’s own resources, towards the Scheme in 2017. 

The Scheme aims to support community-based projects in towns and villages throughout Clare with a view to further improving the overall performance of the County’s Tidy Towns in the annual Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition, as well as further enhance the physical appearance of the county for visitors.

Cllr. Bill Chambers, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, has welcomed the doubling of the overall allocation being provided under the Scheme this year compared to 2016.

“38 local Community and Tidy Towns groups benefited from an €80,000 euro funding allocation last year. I am confident this year’s scheme will have lasting, positive outcomes for the communities who are successful during the funding submission process,” he added.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said, “The Scheme will further consolidate the established, collaborative working relationship between Clare’s community groups and Clare County Council. I strongly encourage TidyTowns groups to make a submission and I wish each of them the very best in this year’s TidyTowns Competition.

Clare County Council says it intends to focus on initiatives that will make a real impact in terms of public area enhancement and particularly where the funding can provide added value or complement another initiative or leverage other funding or support.

Application forms and scheme guidelines are available at www.clarecoco.ie/community/grants.

Completed applications should be sent to the Senior Executive Officer, Rural Development Department, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare by Friday, 28 April 2017.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.