Fine Gael Councillor, Emer Higgins, has welcomed the allocation of €14,000 for Tidy Towns committees here in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a €1.4 million national grant scheme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.
This scheme will allow each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do and will support six committees throughout the county.
Higgins said: “Just last week we saw the value our local Tidy Towns Groups make to our area. It was fantastic to see our villages of Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas score so well in the national Tidy Towns competition. The Tidy Towns Groups in each of these areas along with North Clondalkin will now receive a total of €14,000 in grant funding. This investment by the Government will directly support the local Tidy Towns groups. These volunteer led community initiatives bring out the best in our towns and villages.
“This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.
“I have no doubt that towns and villages across Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism,” Cllr. Emer Higgins said.
Minister Ring said: “This funding is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own communities.
“Tidy Towns groups have made our country as a whole a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.”