Council seeks Rush projects for €100,000 funding pot

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Fingal County Council has detailed what it intends to do after receiving £100,000 funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the new Towns and Villages Townscape Improvement Scheme 2022 to fund projects in Rush.

The council is now seeking expressions of interest for projects that could be funded under this program.

Fingal County Council has received funding of €100,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the new Towns and Villages Townscape Improvement Scheme 2022 for townscape improvement projects in Rush. This program provides €2.6 million nationwide as part of Our Rural Future, a five-year strategy to revitalize rural Ireland and make our rural towns and villages places to live, work and of more dynamic and attractive visits.

Funding will support upgrades to storefronts and building facades and improvements to streets and open spaces in Rush through painting, replacement/removal of signage, installation of awnings, murals, lighting and planting.

Fingal County Council is inviting expressions of interest from Rush businesses, residents and community groups for improvement work in designated areas. Further details of the program and the online application process can be found on Fingal’s website at https://www.fingal.ie/news/rush-benefit-new-streetscape-enhancement-funding

Welcoming the announcement of new funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony said, “I welcome the Minister’s announcement as this initiative will help Rush improve the town and build on the reputation of the city. as an attractive and dynamic place to live, work and visit and will be a great boost for the local community”.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said, “Fingal County Council plays a leading role in rural development through community and business supports and infrastructure development. The new streetscape improvement program for Rush is a welcome additional source of such support, and it will help the local community improve the attractiveness and vibrancy of one of our key cities.

Chairman of Fingal County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee for Economic Development, Councilor Darragh Butler said: “This funding demonstrates Fingal County Council’s continued efforts to secure funding for local areas such as Rush for a period economic uncertainty and cost of living challenges for many people.

“In a difficult time for businesses and communities, the streetscape improvement program is an example of the continued investment in Fingal through measures to support local businesses and community resilience.”

Expressions of Interest must be received by Fingal County Council no later than 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022.

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