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Community groups should plan ahead for The Village Renewal Scheme - Greene

Published: 29 October, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Seamus Greene is calling on local community groups to get their village plans prepared ahead of the new £8million Village Renewal Scheme, which will open for applications in 2015.

According to the Erne East Councillor,

"The Village Renewal Scheme is part of DARD's Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) and aims to tackle dereliction by supporting the refurbishment of derelict buildings, particularly for use as community facilities.

"The programme, which is currently being considered by the EU Commission, will provide funding for derelict and vacant site enhancement, recreational infrastructure, shop frontage enhancements and environmental improvements.

"The Village Renewal Scheme is linked to village plans and has a particular focus on addressing rural dereliction. Along with the Basic Services Scheme and other measures in the programme, this will help strengthen our villages, which are the heart of rural communities.

"When referring to this programme DARD officials and Minister Michelle O'Neill underline the importance of a partnership approach between local authorities and communities."

"DARD has proposed to award grants of up to £500,000 to local councils to roll out village schemes in conjunction with local communities. If villages do not currently have a plan, I strongly encourage them to make contact with the local council to assist them with the planning process." END