September 28, 2020
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€170,000 funding to help Waterford communities respond to pandemic

Waterford will receive €174,143 to fund projects to help local communities respond to the pandemic.

The funding is part of a €3.3 million funding package for 120 projects across the country under the second round of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme. It comes on top of the €2.8 million that was announced under Round 1 of the scheme in August and is supported through the Government’s July Stimulus Package.

The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages in the county to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people to shop and socialise.

Announcing the funding, Waterford Senator John Cummins said: “These projects approved will assist businesses and communities in Waterford to adapt to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and to increase footfall and generate economic activity in the short-term. The projects have been identified by Waterford community groups and businesses in conjunction with Waterford County Council.

“They include projects where outdoor spaces can be adapted for social gatherings, dining or the hosting of outdoor events and marketing campaigns to entice people back into towns and villages and  investment in developing or improving the online presence of towns and villages.”

Waterford County Council has been allocated funding of €174,143 for the following projects:

Waterford Clashmore Public Realm works to enhance access to Village Centre amenities and create safe public meeting spaces €22,500
Waterford Kilmeaden Repurposing public realm area as a bicycle service/charging site and stop area with hand sanitisation station in Village centre. €21,893
Waterford Bunmahon Refurbish outdoor exercise area and provision of outdoor sanitising stations €25,000
Waterford Portlaw Recreation amenity upgrades and provision of bus and queuing shelter for local health centre. €40,000
Waterford Cappoquin Provision of pedestrian crossing for safe access for customers from local restaurants to outdoor seating area. €24,750

Senator Cummins added: “The funding is further evidence of the great cooperation of Waterford County Council and local communities as they work together to come up with innovative ways of making the areas where we live, work, shop and socialise better places, particularly as we learn to live with Covid-19.”

Minister of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, Heather Humphrey, said: “The €3.3 million in funding which I am allocating today to 120 towns and villages is for projects that can be delivered quickly and which will encourage people into our towns and villages, and giving them the confidence to spend more time there.

“Once again the local authorities, together with their local communities, have brought forward projects that will help meet the specific needs of their own areas. A wide variety of innovative measures are being supported under this round of funding, including the purchasing of marquees and equipment to facilitate outdoor events and festivals, and the provision of sheltered outdoor meeting spaces.

“I’m also pleased to be able to provide support for the fit out of a number of Broadband Connection Points throughout the country, which will be vital for people in remote locations to stay connected or to work remotely.”

PHOTO: Porlaw village 

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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