Hogan approves EUR183,842 under the RDP for Tramore Obstacle Course and AdventurePlaypark Hall, County Waterford
Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announced today (18th December 2013) that he has given sanction for Waterford LEADER Partnership Limited to approve funding of EUR183,842 to Tramore Obstacle Course and Adventure Play Park at the Promenade, Tramore, County Waterford. The Rural Development Funding is sought for the development of an inclusive community facility which will be available to the local residents of Tramore and visitors to the area under the measure of Village Renewal and Development of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
This community facility will attract visitors to the area and complement existing activity which is already in place.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said “This project will be of immense benefit to the residents of Tramore, Co Waterford with its total project costs of EUR245,123. In developing this inclusive Play Park, we will enable disabled children to interact with able-bodied children which will positively impact on minimising social isolation and help reduce any barriers that may exist.”
The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.
The Minister added “the project will now go back to the Board of Waterford LEADER Partnership Limited for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development”.
The Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013 is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Axes 3 and 4 focus on the delivery of LEADER-type activities and have an allocation of approximately EUR370m. (Axes 1 and 2 of the Programme cover a range of on-farm support measures, including REPs and Farm Waste Management).
The measures to be funded under the Programme are:
* Diversification into non-agricultural activities for farm families – e.g. Development of niche tourism and educational services such as arts and crafts, open farms etc
* Support for business creation and development -e.g. Support to start a new business or expand an existing enterprise including the adoption of new technologies.
* Encouragement of tourism activities – e.g. Maintenance of vernacular features in a way that protects the heritage of the features such as disused railway lines and canal towpaths.
* Basic services for the economy and rural population – e.g. Identification and provision of appropriate cultural and leisure facilities to local communities, not otherwise available to them.
* Village renewal and development – e.g. Farmers Markets
* Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage – e.g. Alternative or renewable energy actions addressing suitability of new technologies to meet community energy needs.
* Training and information on adapted and new skills – e.g. Development of training facilities in rural areas (fixed or mobile)
* Implementing co-operation projects
* Skills acquisition and animation