€280,000 allocated to 70 Wexford ‘Smart Communities’

Deputy James Browne, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Chairperson of Wexford LCDC, Cllr Keith Doyle, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Minister Paul Kehoe and Liz Hore, Enniscorthy District Manager at the allocation of CEP funding at Wexford County Council HQ.

Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Wexford County Council paid host to 70 community groups at the Council’s headquarters in Carricklawn, Wexford, on Friday to mark the allocation of funding of almost €280,000 under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2018.
€180,000 was allocated to 32 communities to support the development of Smart Villages through improved use of the local community centre facilities while a further 38 communities received grant aid of almost €99,000 for small-scale capital projects to improve community hubs / centres in their respective areas
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Keith Doyle paid tribute to all local community groups and associations across County Wexford and commended them on their continuing efforts to improve their local areas.
Chairperson of Wexford LCDC, Cllr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan also warmly welcomed the announcement of funding for all the local groups and said the LCDC looks forward to supporting communities all across as they respond to local needs in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in order to achieve their goals.
Items funded under the Smart Villages measure ranged from ICT equipment to audio visual presentation with emphasis on increased use of digital technologies telecommunication technologies, digital innovations, and access to high speed broadband and ICT office equipment to facilitate e-learning and enable access to on-line services e.g. motor tax on line, revenue services, government returns- all within a local community setting.
Under the Community Hubs measure, the LCDC sought to support projects which mostly operate out of buildings/facilities from which multi-purpose, community led services are delivered. Approved projects ranged from the upgrade of community facilities and related energy upgrades to provision of defibrillators and community wide recreational facilities supporting healthy lifestyles.
The Community Department of Wexford County Council administered the Community Enhancement Scheme during 2018 on behalf of the LCDC.
Recipients in the Wexford Community Enhancement Programme 2018;
Access 200 (Wexford) CLG
Askamore Muintir Na Tíre Community Project Ltd
Ballaghkeen Community Project Ltd
Ballyfad Community Centre
Ballindaggin Development Group
Ballykelly Hall, New Ross
Ballymore-Mayglass Development Group
Ballymurn Parish Hall
Ballythomas Community Group
Blackwater Parish Hall Committee
Buffers Alley GAA Club
Bunclody Festivals
Ballycanew Ballyoughter Community Development Association CLG
Ballymitty Hall & Community – Ballymitty Parish Council
Barntown Community Group
Bree Community Development Group Ltd
Caim Community Centre
Camross Community Hall
Clohamon Community Development Group
Cushinstown Parish Hall Committee
Clonard Area Development Association
Clongeen Community Development Group
Clonroche Community Centre
Cois Barry Community House
Courtown LTI Programme
Craanford Community Field
Davidstown Development Association
Duncannon Village Renewal
Enniscorthy Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre
Ferns Development Association
Gorey Youth Training Initiative
Hook Rural Tourism
Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network CLG
Kilanerin Ballyfad Community & Development Association CLG
35th Kilmore Scout Group
Kilmore Quay Community Development Association CLG
Kilmore Scope
Kilmuckridge Memorial Hall Community Enterprise CLG
Kilrane Rosslare Harbour Community Centre Committee
Kilrane Rosslare Harbour Men’s Shed
Knockingall Organisation Community Centre Piercestown
Kilcannon Garden Centre
Kiltealy Hall Develooment Group
Monageer Parish Hall Community Centre
New Ross Men’s Shed
Oulart The Ballagh Community First Responders
Oylegate Community Centre
Our Lady’s Island Community Development Company CLG
Raheen Community Development Group Ltd
Rathangan Hall Committee
Rathpierce Group
Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts
Rosslare Tidy Towns
Rosslare Community Development Association CLG
Rosslare Harbour-Kilrane Village Development Team
South-West Wexford Family Resource Centre
Southend Family Resource Centre
St James Parochial Hall CLG
St Aidan’s Service- Saoirse Unit
St Mary’s Hall, Fethard-on-Sea, New Ross
Taghmon Intregrated Community Development Team (TAG)
Tara Rock Community Field Trusy
The Gap Arts Festival
Templeshannon Community Childcare Centre Ltd
Terrerath Community Centre & Sports Complex
Tomhaggard Women’s Shed
Tomhaggard Community Development Group
Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Working Men’s Shed
Minister Michael Ring launched the new €4.5 million Community Enhancement Programme CEP) on May 31st, 2018.
The CEP scheme was available to a wide range of organisations, including Government Departments and State Agencies, locally-based community and voluntary groups in urban and rural areas together with Not-for-Profit organisations.
Smart Villages is a relatively new concept within the realm of EU policy making. The emerging concept of Smart Villages refers to rural areas and communities which build on their existing strengths and assets as well as on developing new opportunities.
In Smart Villages traditional and new networks and services are enhanced by means of digital, telecommunication technologies, innovations and the better use of knowledge, for the benefit of inhabitants and businesses.

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