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Funding for Asknagap and Knockananna community halls

The upgrading of carparks at Knockananna and Asknagap is to benefit from the latest round of CLAR grants.

Some €30,000 has been granted to each community for the work.

CLAR provides funding for small-scale projects in designated rural areas that have experienced significant levels of population decline.

The 2020 programme focused on supporting CLAR communities to deal with the impact of COVID-19 in these challenging times, with a particular emphasis on safety improvements at carparking facilities to meet the public health requirements arising from the pandemic.

Welcoming the funding allocation, for Wicklow, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow county Council, Cllr  Pat Kennedy, said it was particularly important at this time that we provide people living in the CLAR areas with the infrastructure that will help them to stay in touch with each other, within the parameters of the public health guidelines at any given time.

Council Chief executive, Mr Frank Curran, thanked Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD and her officials for this latest allocation of funding to improve the quality of life for the many people living in rural communities in Wicklow.

Announcing this year’s allocations, Minister Humphreys said: “The projects recently announced under CLAR 2020 will help to improve safety around schools and community facilities and will help people to socialize in a safe and socially-distanced manner.”

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