Ferdia Park in Ardee is to receive €3,000 for estate improvements as residents work to upgrade the area which formerly housed the town’s recycling bottle bank.
The allocation of RAPID Recast National Capital Grant Programme funding for the Ardee Municipal District was presented to and passed by councillors on Thursday evening at their December meeting at the Mid-Louth Civic Services Centre.
The recycling bins were finally removed from Ferdia Park last month and relocated to their own home at the entrance to the council yard, at the corner of Fair Green and the Golf Links Road.
Now, the €3,000 sum will go towards creating an attractive green/garden area at the front of the housing estate.
A total of €15,200 has been allocated to projects in the Ardee Municipal area, with money also going to Tallanstown Tidy Towns (€3,000 for estate improvements in Cherrywood Park), Kilsaran (€3,972.50 to replace a broken boundary fence), Castlebellingham (€2,227.68 for new bins) and Dunleer (€3,000 for Beechwood Drive planting).
€29,000 has been allocated to projects in Drogheda and €22,000 for projects in the Dundalk area.
The funding aims to support disadvantaged areas in order to enhance urban communities and provincial towns, address disadvantage and improve social cohesion.
It was proposed at a meeting of the Local Community Development Committee last month, by Ardee-based councillor Dolores Minogue, that council officials and social inclusion representatives on the LCDC contact organisations and groups within disadvantaged areas.
Areas of disadvantage were identified through the Pobal Deprivation scale, as ThisIsArdee.ie reported on last month.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie on Friday, Minogue said, “I’m delighted that this funding has gone to Ferdia Park to tidy up where the bottle bank was. It’s funding that they wouldn’t have themselves.
“The funding usually just goes to Dundalk and Drogheda but I couldn’t sit in on that meeting and see Ardee and Mid-Louth get nothing. I proposed that Mid-Louth be looked at and that social inclusion be extended to all disadvantaged areas.
“I’m delighted that Mid-Louth got funding. We fought tooth and nail for it.”