Sunday 17 December 2017

Conservation fund for heritage projects

HERITAGE buildings all over Fingal are to benefit from some €140,000 in new funding for repairs and conservation work from the Government's Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme.

The buildings to benefit from the fund include St. Columba's Church in Swords, Woodbine Cottage and Forge in Donabate, Castle Terrace in Malahide, The Bothy on Lambay Island, Station House in Skerries, Wellfield at St. Doolagh's, Old Kilbush House in Rush, Tankardville House in Balbriggan, a thatched cottage in St. Margaret's and another in Drishoge.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has welcomed the news that funding is to be granted for the repair and conservation of eleven buildings and structures in the North County under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme (BHJLS) 2014.

Deputy Farrell said: 'I am delighted that eleven Fingal buildings and structures are to benefit from grant aid this year under the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme.

'The scheme, which is operated by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has allocated €140,000 to the North County for 2014.

'The purpose of this fund is to ensure that works take place to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011. This can include structures within Architectural Conservation Areas.'

He added: 'It is crucially important that we protect and conserve our heritage buildings. This measure has a doubly positive impact in that it will also create jobs in the local economy.

'Indeed when the scheme was first launched, one of its stated aims was to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craft workers and tradespeople.'

Deputy Farrell concluded: 'The properties listed for funding will be formally contacted by County County in the near future to discuss the process for acquiring this funding.'

Fingal Independent

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