West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Local Towns Successful in Funding Bids

Published: 24 September, 2012

The towns of Fintona, Carrickmore and Gortin have been successful in securing significant village renewal funding. The investment of £190,000 in each town follows an application to the rural development programme to undertake various schemes in the towns involved. It is anticipated that the funds will aid each of the town to take on various projects to improve the physical appearance, commerce and environment.
Speaking following the announcement Sinn Féin councillors on Omagh District Council welcomed the developments.
Speaking in relation to the Fintona success local councillor Glenn Campbell said he was "delighted, but no way surprised", by the news:

"I am delighted, but in no way surprised, that Fintona's application has been successful. Fintona Forum put forward an excellent application and the community as a whole is being rewarded by the funding secured. This is a great news story for the Fintona community. "

Councillor Campbell continued,

"I have previously worked closely with the Fintona Community Forum along with other key agencies to help regenerate Fintona and so this announcement is a welcome one. Of course it would be remiss of me not to mention the Sterling work of the Fintona forum, which has engaged in many excellent initiatives that have transformed the appearance of parts of the town and have uplifted the spirit of local people. A big congratulations also must go to the other voluntary and community organisations who helped bring this must needed investment to Fintona.
Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald in congratulating the Carrickmore application said:
"I would like to congratulate the Carrickmore Regeneration group who spearheaded this project alongside other key stakeholders. The funding secured will help revitalise key aspects of Carrickmore. Looking through the Carrickmore Action plan there are many exciting concepts and initiatives contained within it which will be carried forward now due to the success of the application. The local community can now rightly celebrate this news. I am confident that this success will be built upon in the future time ahead when the projects are brought to fruition in the Carrickmore area."

Sean Clarke, Sinn Féin representative for Gortin concluded:

"This is great news for Gortin and the success of the application is down to the hard work of the Gortin Regeneration Steering group which anchored the project locally. This success will see a timely investment of £190,000 into the village and will help deliver key schemes identified in the Action Plan. This process has been ongoing since 2010 and so to receive the news that the application has been successful will be welcomed and celebrated. After a lot of work done the work can commence to take these projects forward now that the funding has been secured.

The Funding was confirmed after a meeting of the North West LAG which encompasses the district councils of Omagh, Strabane, Derry and Limavady. Omagh Council LAG representative Frankie Donnelly said the funding confirmation would see a significant investment into local rural communities:

"This represents an investment totalling £570,000 into largely rural communities of the Omagh District to take forward specific Action Plans individual to each area. Cumulatively throughout the North West LAG area this represents a significant investment of £1.9 million through the Rural Development Programme which aims to support and invest in rural communities, towns and villages.