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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton has welcomed the total allocation of €142,500 to Carrigtwohill, Ladysbridge and Fermoy under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“It is great to see three areas in my constituency benefit from funding of €47,500 each under the 2016 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This year’s scheme will see a total of €10 million allocated run by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to a total of 172 projects”, said Minister Stanton.

“The funding under this scheme can be awarded for a wide range of projects, identified by Cork County Council in conjunction with local community groups and businesses. Typical projects include tourism amenities, public art pieces, improvements to streetscapes and public spaces, footpaths and playground all of which make towns and villages more attractive and more sustainable places to live and work.

“Monies allocated to Carrigtwohill will be used to fund the development of Carrigtwohill Development Plan to create a coherent strategy for future development of the town. Ladysbridge has been allocated funding to develop a walking trail to enhance tourism in the area and Fermoy will use its allocation to redevelop Abbey Street.

“The delivery of an enhanced Town and Village Scheme in time for Budget 2017 was a commitment in the Programme for A Partnership Government. Under Budget 2017, Minister Humphreys also announced that she has secured increased funding for the scheme for 2017 so a total of €12 million will be made available to towns and villages across the country.

“Rural development is a key priority for Fine Gael and this scheme is an important part of our commitment to rejuvenate and revitalise rural Ireland. We are also rolling out a range of other initiatives, including the REDZ scheme, the recently reopened CLÁR scheme and the Rural Recreation Scheme. In addition, work on the Action Plan for Rural Development is progressing well.