Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O Rourke, has welcomed the announcement that Prosperous will benefit to the tune of €100k under the €10m Town and Village Renewal Scheme which was launched earlier this year by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.

‘On Friday last, Minister Humphreys gave the go ahead for projects in 6 towns in County Kildare, mostly in South Kildare, but Prosperous has secured nearly 1/3 of the overall allocation for Kildare.’

‘As I said in July when the scheme was launched, many smaller towns in Kildare suffered significantly during the economic downturn and are still suffering from the aftermath. I know from discussing with Business and Community groups in towns like Kilcock, Clane, Prosperous and Johnstownbridge, that this scheme has the potential to bring benefits to the towns, and I want the scheme to be renewed next year, and other towns to be considered.’

‘This scheme, taken together with schemes like the Shop Front / Town Centre Improvement Grant Scheme which financially assist and support business owners to improve the appearance of their shop fronts / commercial properties, are key to revitalising our towns and villages.’

‘The €100,000 allocated for Prosperous out of a total of €380,000 for Kildare, has been allocated for landscape enhancement and a car park in Prosperous.’ Concluded Deputy O’Rourke.