Tidy Towns and community groups across Clare are set to receive a nice bit of cash  to help with their work under the 2017 Public Enhancement Scheme.

In all 31 local committees will be grant assisted to the tune of €160,000 from the hugely popular Public Enhancement Scheme to improve the quality of life experience in their areas. Since it was first introduced in 2015, this grant programme has assisted community groups to  achieve a significant number of town and village enhancement projects in their own areas.

According to Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Tom McNamara, “A huge number of local projects can now be undertaken across Clare as a result of this funding announcement.  This funding also presents an opportunity to Tidy Towns groups to ensure their towns and villages are presented at their best to continue to attract visitors.” The council’s chief executive Pat Dowling has congratulated all of the groups in receipt of funding.

Local committees in the Shannon Municipal District to benefit from the Public Enhancement Scheme are:-

• €8,500 for Sixmilebridge Community Development Association for the removal of two trees from Mount Ievers housing estate, enhancement of the embankment near the railway station, a survey of Frederick Square in order to develop a detailed design for consultation and the provision of seating and landscaping at Ballysheen graveyard.

• €7,750 to Newmarket on Fergus Tidy Towns for the final phase of the Fairgreen project which includes enhancements to the central square, provision of footpath, trees and planting.

• €6,640 for Bunratty Local Development Association for the construction of a new section of footpath to link with the bus stop locations in the village and the provision of seating along this area.