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How 40 small Co Armagh villages can avail of £200,000 council kitty

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:

Acton 72

Aghory 50

Annaghmore 75

Annaghmore (Moss Road) 265

Annahugh 275

Ardress 90

Artasooly 190

Blackwatertown 376

Broomhill 197

Charlemont 122

Cladymore 139

Collegeland 122

Darkley 224

Derryhale 360

Edenaveys 190

Eglish 100

Gleananne 151

Hamiltonsbawn 895

Killylea 253

Kilmore 190

Loughgall 282

Loughgilly 84

Madden 77

Middletown 237

Milford 569

Milltown (Aghory) 118

Milltown (Benburb) 108

Mountmorris 155

Mullaghbrack 54

Poyntzpass 614

Tyan 71

Annaclone 150

Ardtanagh 87

Ashfield 100

Corbet 107

Katesbridge 144

Kinallen 961

Lawrencetown 956

Lenaderg 340

Loughbrickland 688

Milltown( Co Down) 123

Moneyslane 230

Scarva 357

Tullylish 98

Waringsford 176

Ballymacmaine 357

Blackskull 340

Derryadd 132

Derrymacash 695

Derrymore 282

Derrytrasna 365

Drumnacanvy 999

Gamblestown 148

Gibson’s Hill 162

Maghery 183

Milltown 109

Scotch Street 513

Tartaraghan 51

The Birches 319

Clonmore 193

Derrylee 64

Tamnamore 269

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