38 Community and Tidy Towns groups throughout County Clare will benefit from a €80,000 euro funding allocation provided under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme.
Clare County Council says the Scheme aims to support community-based projects with a view to further improving the overall performance of the County’s towns and villages in the annual Supervalu TidyTowns Competition, as well as further enhancing the physical appearance of the county for visitors to Clare during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Cathaoirleach, Cllr. James Breen has welcomed the funding announcement, adding: “A huge number of local projects can now be undertaken across Clare as a result of this funding announcement, which is especially welcome considering the reduction in recent years of finance for such community-based projects.”
The Cathaoirleach said: “The established, collaborative working relationship between Clare’s community groups and Clare County Council was a key factor in the elected members approving funding for the continuation of this scheme in 2016.”
“Clare County Council is promoting Clare as a County of Culture during 2016 and we are also hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis which acts as a compelling reason for people at home and abroad to visit Clare. This funding is an opportunity for TidyTowns groups to ensure their towns and villages are presented at their best to continue to attract visitors,” added the Cathaoirleach.
Betty Devanny, Administrative Officer/Tidy Towns Coordinator, Tourism & Community explained that the 38 funding applications received from around the County followed the announcement of the scheme in January 2016.
“This scheme highlights Clare County Council’s commitment to the work being undertaken by Tidy Towns groups throughout the county while it builds on the positive work that has been carried under previous Public Area Enhancement Schemes,” she added. “The various initiatives undertaken by the Tidy Towns Groups provide 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”
Funding has been provided under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme to the following community groups (projects).
€4,000 – Ennis Tidy Towns (the illumination of the Mill Wheel); Shannon Tidy Towns (the completion of Phase 2 of the Drumgeely Shopping Centre);
€3,000 – Bunratty Tidy Towns (development of “Sli na Firinne”Graveyard Project to include the construction of a new footpath and pedestrian stile from the green to the graveyard, railings, stone pillars, and replace old gates); Kilrush Tidy Towns (carry out enhancement works at the Green Area at Cappa Drive; Cooraclare Tidy Towns (the removal of Japanese Knotweed by a Specialist in this area and the development of a community garden when the area is cleared);
€2,500 – Killimer Tidy Towns (provide sign at Woodview Housing Estate and rebuild and recap sections of the boundary walls which have disintegrated at Burrane burial ground.
€2,000 – Ballyvaughan Tidy Towns (develop a Remembrance Garden to coincide with the commemoration of the 1916 Centenary); Ballynacally Tidy Towns (refurbishment of the Community Centre and Hall); Bodyke Tidy Towns (remove existing fence and erect a new timber post and rail fence at the rear of the Eviction Stone monument in the village and general enhancement works in the area); Bridgetown Tidy Towns (enhance existing Biodiversity Boards to include walking route signage plates and enhancement of green through the installation of fixed planters and provide name plate for Clonbony burial ground); Clarecastle Tidy Towns (erect “Welcome to Clarecastle” signs at the three major entrances to Clarecastle); Connolly Tidy Towns (further develop the Heritage Bog Walk in Cloontabonive, Connolly); Cross Tidy Towns (provide a sculpture in the centre of the village adjacent to the local church to depict the almost forgotten world of over 100 years); Crusheen Tidy Towns (carry out further enhancement works at the entrance to the village and erect two bilingual signs at the entrances to the village); Doonbeg Tidy Towns (develop a 1916 Remembrance Garden and a Wildlife Habitat area adjacent to Doonbeg Castle); Doolin Tidy Towns (reclaim and enhance waste land to the Aille River at Roadford Bridge); Ennistymon Tidy Towns (enhance the existing riverside/Glen walk by the addition of appropriate signage; Feakle Tidy Towns (carry out enhancement works to the car-park and approach road from Feakle to the south); Kildysart Tidy Towns (relocate the Bring Banks to an area at the Community Centre Car Park); Kilkee Tidy Towns (completion of Phase 3 of the Percy French Green Project to include an Information Point, hedging and lighting); Kilkishen Tidy Towns (provide discreet plaques at points of interest throughout the village); Kilmaley Tidy Towns (develop an amenity area at Loughburke Lake); Kilmurry Tidy Towns (carry out development work on the local loop walks on the 12 O’Clock Hills); Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns (carry out improvement and general enhancement works at the square); and respraying tree guards, repairing water feature); Miltown Malbay Tidy Towns (carry out upgrading and landscaping works to the public area car park behind St. Joseph’s church to incorporate a meditative garden); Newmarket On Fergus Tidy Towns (develop Phase 4 of the Fair Green area); Ogonnelloe Tidy Towns (complete the remaining 5.8 km of the “lake view” walk along the length of the Ogonnelloe Parish on the main road between Killaloe and Scarriff); O’Callaghans Mills Tidy Towns (relocate the recycling bins to an alternative area in the village and place a decorative Mill Wheel in this space); Quin Tidy Towns (clear out the river bed stretching from Quin Bridge as far as the rear of St. Fineen’s Parochial Hall and replace the posts and rail fence along this stretch beside the community centre); Scariff Tidy Towns (develop Phase 3 of the River Walk which involves creating a Boardwalk & Footbridge along the trial); Sixmilebridge Tidy Towns (sign post the natural habitat area on the Tulla Road and to make and install bird tables and bat boxes in the Natural Habitat and to appropriately label significant trees in the town)’ Spanish Point Tidy Towns (recreate the Carousel, which is located beside the car park at Spanish Point beach); Tuamgraney Tidy Towns (provide a sign at the Garden of Remembrance 1916-1921 and carry out improvement works to footbridge); Whitegate Tidy Towns (remove all existing shrubbery and hedging and carry out general improvements works in area including the provision of five stone flower beds.)
€1,500 – Corofin Tidy Towns (grade down existing gravel pathway and reshape to create falls prior to laying new tarmacadam surface stretching from gated entrance to Corofin Community Field to St. Patricks Hall.
€1,000 – Boston Tidy Towns (install stone feature at the end of the village with “Welcome to Boston” engraved on it); Meelick Tidy Towns (carry out improvement works to the entrance to Ballycannon burial ground); Mullagh Tidy Towns (complete the stone flower bed in front of old shed, carry out improvement work on the old building to include painted murel and general clean up and painting of the area.