Four local towns are set to benefit under the Village Renewal Scheme, with applications being finalised for locations in each of the four electoral districts.
Urlingford (north ), Kells (west), Piltown (south) and Ballyhale (east) will see things like streetscape improvements and infrastructure enhancements. The average value of each application is €112,500.
A host workshop will be held this Friday, and village renewal committees will be established as the details are ironed out following liaison with a number of bodies.
Leas Cathoirleach of Kilkenny County Pat Fitzpatrick has welcomed the scheme, but has said more needs to be done to ensure the long term sustainability of rural Ireland.
“I’m particularly pleased that Urlingford will benefit from an allocation €112,500,” he said.
“As Chairman of the Castlecomer Municipal District, I’m too well aware of the difficulties Urlingford has been facing for several years.
“These difficulties are due to motorway development and significant cuts to rural services. This allocation will go some way to supporting the local community in Urlingford and it is important that their views and ideas are put front and centre.”
Kilkenny County Council will be hosting consultation meetings in the coming weeks to agree a strategic plan. Interested parties can get involved in this process.
“While this scheme is very welcome ,it must be implemented fully and repeated in the coming years,” said Cllr Fitzpatrick.
“We all have a responsibility to work together to ensure rural Ireland can thrive.”