A new funding stream to support local authorities to purchase vacant buildings which can be converted and developed for community use has been announced today by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

The funding, which is being made available under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, aims to support the continued regeneration of rural towns and villages so that they are attractive, vibrant places for people to live and work, according to Mayo Fine Gael deputy Alan Dillon.

Under this scheme up to €400,000 will be available per local authority this year

However, so far this year, Mayo County Council has failed to secure a cent in funding from Minister Humphrey’s Department. She is awaiting a report from Mayo County Council on how it intends to ensure that any monies allocated to the local authority under government schemes, adheres to all the regulations around the scheme.

Earlier this year the local authority was forced to return over a million euro in funding that it had secured from the Dept for a number of projects, because it drew down the funding before completing, or in some cases even starting work on the projects.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked deputy Dillon if he believes Mayo will be able to access today’s funding stream…




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