Good news for Hugginstown and Kilmacow Town and Village Renewal Schemes

Proposals are 'largely self-generated by people in the communities'

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COUNTY HALL

Cllr Tomás Breathnach proposed a motion to begin the process for the Part 8 public consultation on the schemes. The motion was seconded by Cllr Maurice Shortall and agreed by all

Town and Village Renewal Schemes for Hugginstown and Kilmacow are expected to go to Part 8 in the coming weeks, following agreement at the recent meeting of Kilkenny County Council.

Last October, Hugginstown and Kilmacow were awarded €95,000 and €77,760 respectively for works on traffic calming, connectivity, drainage, lighting and other public realms enhancement works.

At last week’s meeting, Cllr Tomás Breathnach proposed a motion to begin the process for the Part 8 public consultation on the schemes. The motion was seconded by Cllr Maurice Shortall and agreed by all.

“It is of note that the Department made reference to Phase 1 to the proposals approved,” said Cllr Breathnach.

“These works are eagerly anticipated in both communities.”

Consultants, Kilgallen & Partners, were appointed and have engaged through workshops with the local communities to refine the proposals and to seek the maximum agreement to the works proposed.

“The Department has laid out conditions in relation to the time-frame for spending of the grant approved,” said the south Kilkenny councillor.

“An agreement today to approve the Part 8 process will enable progress to be made, subject to the consultative process, for works to commence later this year.”

The Part 8 will also facilitate works envisaged in Phase 2 application which can then be submitted in 2019 and enable the vision for both communities to be achieved.

Cllr Breathnach says the proposals are largely self-generated by people in the communities.

“They are true to the original successful expressions of interest submitted to the council in May 2017 and subsequently after the workshop held in the Springhill Hotel developed into applications to the Department ,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge the great work done by the staff in the Community Section at that time especially given the tight deadlines involved.”