THERE was good news for councillors when the list of projects to be funded by the Development Levy fund was announced recently.
This year’s fund is expected to bring in €1.25m, director of economic development and planning, Tom Enright told councillors. This constrasted with previous years when some €14m a year was accrued.
The fund reserves, which cannot now be spent, stand at just over €10m.
Among the projects being given the green light are the purchase of land for a park in the Mungret/Raheen area, a teenage recreation park in Newcastle West, a renewal plan in Mungret village and the acquisition of property in Abbeyfeale which would allow pedestrian access from the main street to the town’s public car park.
The five electoral areas will get €30,000 each to allocate to projects of their choosing while €120,000 has been set aside for unfinished estates.
But Mr Enright told Cllr Leo Walsh only capital projects could be funded, when the councillor asked if money could be directed to the voluntary group Suicide Watch.
Welcoming the €65,000 set aside to buy land for a park in Mungret, Cllr James Collins said they had been waiting a long time for it. But he said he was disappointed there weren’t any funds earmarked to develop the park.
He also welcomed the €170,000 the council was investing in Mungret’s renewal plan, which was in addition to exchequer funds of €340,000 already allocated.
Money for a treatment plant in Ballyneety was welcomed by Cllrs Brigid Teefy and Eddie Wade while Cllr Rose Brennan said the money to build a road into new community leisure facilities at Manor Fields in Adare would be a great help.
Enterprise centres, at Croom, Kantoher and Kilmallock will receive funding, alaong with a carpark at Caherconlish while €150,000 is to be spent on water services infrastructure.