Funding boost as Ballymahon gets set for €111,000 cash injection

Jessica Thompson

Reporter:

Jessica Thompson

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jessica.thompson@longfordleader.ie

Ballymahon

In excess of €100,000 will be spent on local projects in Ballymahon next year.

With an increase of 20% in General Muncipal Allocation funding for 2019, Longford will enjoy an extra €55,000 in funding, bringing the total this year to €333,000.

This amounts to €111,000 each for Ballymahon, Longford and Granard Municipal Districts.
At a recent meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District, councillors discussed the suggested sub-service allocation of monies.

The Development Management division will receive a total of €25,000, with €20,000 earmarked for Tourism Promotion and the remaining €5,000 for Town Twinning.

There will be €8,000 allocated to the Environmental Services division for burial grounds grants.
The remaining funds will be divided among four sub-sections of the Recreation & Amenity Division:

* Voluntary Bodies Grants will be allocated a sum of €22,000 in 2019 - an increase of €6,000 on 2018.

* A total of €7,000 will be set aside for Arts Activities in Ballymahon.

* There will be an increase of €4,000 in 2019 allocated to Tidy Towns Grants, bringing the total to €20,000.

* And Special Projects Grants will increase from €21,000 in 2018 to €29,000 in 2019.

Ballymahon MD councillors were in agreement on all suggested allocation of funds, but have agreed that further discussion will be needed on the €29,000 for Special Projects Grants with a view to getting a further breakdown on where those funds will go.