LEADER Funding for Clare Market Towns

LEADER funding for new Town Teams and Town Development Plans for Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scariff Announced

 

If you want to get involved in this exciting project please complete this participation form: Town Team Participation Form Deadline Dec 1st

 

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) in association with the three towns of Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scariff has secured LEADER funding of €141,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development for the creation of development plans and a 3-year Town Team training programme for the market towns.

CLDC have appointed experienced planning and economic development consultants, Future Analytics Consulting (FAC) for a 3-year period to support the formation of Town Teams in the preparation and implementation of development plans.

William Hynes, Managing Director of FAC explains that “Town Teams will be established in each market town, through a consultative planning process to commence in early November. Training will be provided over the course of a 3-year period to support the Town Teams in the implementation of their development plans.”

Gloria Callinan, LEADER Programme Coordinator with CLDC reiterated that “the Town Teams will be a representative structure within their communities, made up of local volunteers from a wide variety of interests including business and community interests, all of whom share a common goal of improving and promoting their local town and surrounding environs. Each Town Team will work actively and effectively with the local community to guide the implementation of the town plans. The plans will help to enhance and rejuvenate each of the towns, through dedicated initiatives directed at economic development, retail, community, culture, heritage, arts, sport, recreation etc, contributing to more attractive, positive places to live, work and visit”.

Richard Hamilton, FAC Project Manager, elaborated “As a start to this new journey, members of the public, along with community groups, voluntary organisations, educators, environment, culture, heritage and conservation groups, tourism, sport and recreation providers and business owners are all invited to participate in order to contribute to the drafting of development plans. We are looking for ideas, local knowledge, potential projects and actions, training needs and for volunteers to participate in both the Town Teams and/or in specific interest projects. There will be something for everyone!

CLDC’s Gloria Callinan encouraged as many people as possible to attend, adding “This represents a fantastic opportunity for Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scariff, as it creates a unique and innovative approach to the future development of each of these towns, allowing community members to actively participate in the development of their towns. This is particularly important in light of the social and economic challenges experienced by each of these communities during the past number of years.”