CHAIRMAN of Ballyhoura, John Walsh is encouraging a big attendance for their showcase rally in Cappamore tonight.
The aim of the rally is to inform people of the changes that the Government is proposing to how local and rural development programmes are delivered. Ballyhoura Development could close if these changes are implemented.
Tonight’s rally takes place at Cappamore Community Centre on Monday, April 14 at 7.30pm.
“Based on community and citizen needs, Ballyhoura Development has tendered/applied for the LEADER/RDP and social inclusion programmes since 1990. We have worked with communities, citizens and enterprises in the area to ensure that the programmes deliver the best results for the area through facilitating and supporting clients and communities to identify needs and to develop solutions to support the achievement of their goals,” said Mr Walsh.
“The changes being proposed see a new entity in the local authorities (local and community development committee) being proposed as the applicant for the LEADER programme with the delivery of the LEADER programme being potentially divided among a number of bodies, including the local development companies like Ballyhoura Development. This approach undermines the core sustainability of Ballyhoura Development,” he added.
Mr Walsh emphasised that “Ballyhoura Development is in favour of stronger local Government but that this can be achieved without weakening the local development companies”.