Wicklow is to benefit on the double from the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Development Programme 2017 announced recently by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD.
This programme assists coastal local authorities with funding for development and repair projects on marine facilities owned by them.
Under the 2017 programme, two grant-aided schemes for Wicklow County Council were approved for funding of €219,750. Both projects are in Wicklow Port.
A total number of seven applications were made under this Programme by the Council – including schemes for Bray Harbour, Arklow Harbour and Wicklow Port. However, following assessment by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, it was two Wicklow Port schemes that were successful.
1 – Wicklow Port East Pier – Strengthening and improvement works
2 – Wicklow Port North and South Quay – Strengthening and improvement works
Wicklow County Council, Chief Executive, Mr Bryan Doyle, welcome the news stating: “I am very pleased with this announcement of funding for Wicklow Port, as it acknowledges the Council’s commitment to the enhancement of this valuable maritime asset and in conjunction with the Maritime Business Development Group, the Council looks forward to further developing the potential of all the County’s Harbours and Port facilities”.
The Department co-funds these schemes up to a rate of seventy five percent, with the Council providing the balance.
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow Municipal District, Cllr John Snell also welcomed the funding for Wicklow Port saying: “I look forward to the Council commencing these improvement works for this local marine facility”