Cork County Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from countywide community, business, and development groups for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2022. Recently announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD, this year’s scheme will place particular emphasis on projects which support bringing vacant or derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose community spaces.
The types of projects that may be considered include, the repurposing of vacant properties in Town Centres back into use as Remote Working Hubs; regeneration projects that assist in revitalising rural towns and villages through planned and sustainable regeneration and development projects; projects to develop parks/plazas, green spaces and recreational spaces/amenities located in Town Centres.
Encouraging submissions from the community, North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea highlighted,
“It is vital that we continue to focus efforts into the regeneration of our rural towns and villages so that they are even more attractive places for people to live and work. Spaces where we can come together to learn, exercise, enjoy the arts or to simply share a story are an integral part of every community. I would encourage any interested groups that have an idea for re-purposing a vacant site or building for the good of their community to please consider putting forward your ideas.”
Welcoming the announcement, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said,
“Cork County Council has seen many successful projects developed under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This year’s focus on the revival of vacant and derelict properties will further contribute to our continued activity in the regeneration of town and village centres across the county, while supporting ‘Our Rural Future’, the Governments Programme for Rural Development. We welcome submissions from the community for potential projects that will address the issues of vacancy and encourage the revitalisation of our town and village thoroughfares.”
The Expression of Interest form and further information on the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is available on the Council’s website at www.corkcoco.ie
Forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to your relevant Municipal District Office no later than 4pm on 1st July, 2022.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and is part of a range of measures to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 – Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.