Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Rural and Community Development
Town and Village Renewal Scheme
1104. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority under the town and village renewal scheme in 2018 and 2019; the amount paid to each local authority to date based on latest information for each allocation in question in tabular form; the total amount as a percentage paid out to date out of the amount allocated to each local authority in each such year based on latest data; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3861/20]
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is one of a number of measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development Programme. The Scheme is administered by the Local Authorities on behalf of my Department.
Under the 2018 Town and Village Scheme, 224 projects were selected for funding of €21.3 million in October 2018. On 31st October 2019, I announced details of a further 156 projects which I approved for funding of almost €15 million under the 2019 Scheme.
Tables 1 and 2 at the link outline the funding that was approved for each Local Authority in 2018 and 2019 respectively under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, and the amount that has been paid out to date as a percentage of the amount allocated. Payments are made when projects meet certain milestones.
Given the nature of the projects delivered under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, it is expected that the projects approved in 2019 will not be completed, in the main, until 2021. The remaining projects approved under the 2018 scheme are expected to be finalised during 2020.