Up to 40 small villages and townlands across county Armagh will soon be able to dip into a £200,000 council kitty to help improve their areas.
A report, which will go before ABC councillors tonight (Tuesday), will recommend freeing up £200,000 to be made available to 40 areas – for minor environmental improvement schemes – across the Borough.
The funding is aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance of the villages, which includes: signs; street furniture; bins; artwork; and minor road/pavement improvements.
The report, which will have to be agreed upon by councillors, outlines this investment “will help ensure that each settlement has the opportunity to upgrade its public places, thereby improving the areas reputation and enjoyment by residents and visitors alike”.
Each of the 40 areas will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 at a rate of 100 per cent towards costs.
To ensure there is funding available for all rural areas regardless of population size, it is proposed that this scheme will be targeted at smaller villages with populations of less than 1,000.
The Department for Communities recently announced that support will be provided for public realm schemes in rural areas for larger settlements with populations greater than 1,000.
There are approximately 40 settlements across the Borough which fall into this smaller population category.
A list of eligible settlements and populations are:
Annaghmore (Moss Road) 265
Milltown (Aghory) 118
Milltown (Benburb) 108
Milltown( Co Down) 123
Gibson’s Hill 162
Scotch Street 513
The Birches 319
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