Cork County Council launched its Municipal District Operations & Rural Development Activities Report 2017 on the 9th April 2018 at County Hall.
The Council’s Municipal District Operations & Rural Development Directorate was established in 2014 and comprises of a network of 8 Municipal Districts, Library Service, Arts Service and the Architects Department.
The Directorate had a very busy year in 2017 with many projects completed and many more progressing.
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley praised the work of the Municipal District Offices
“The Municipal Districts continued to strengthen their relationships with the communities they serve and look forward to building on this in 2018.”
The Library Service continues to develop and grow with a number of exciting projects commenced in 2017. In 2017 the Arts Service continued to support and promote the arts in local communities with the delivery of an extensive Arts Programme. The Architects Department continued to assist in the delivery of a number of key projects for Cork County Council.
The Chief executive of Cork County Council welcomed the report
“ This Activities Report, the first for the Directorate, hopes to demonstrate the wide range of functions covered and provide the staff, Members and the public with an update.”
The following are some of the highlights of the report:
- General Municipal Allocation of €1.7m allocated to 8 Municipal Districts which enabled the continued financial support of 596 local community groups & local organisations
- Considerable success achieved by Tidy Towns Groups across the County with 3 groups attaining a gold medal
- A Town Development Fund of €1m ensured the continued enhancement of our town centres and the provision of support to local development initiatives through the enhancements to public realm, support to business/partnership structures, support of local festivals, Councils Arts Programme, Paint Scheme and removal of dereliction. Example-A total of 233 applications were processed under the Streetscape, Painting, Signage & Improvement Scheme 2017 with grants of €204,957 allocated owners/tenants.
- Funding of €1,247,827 was secured by CCC in respect of the Town & Village Renewal Scheme in 2017
- Village Enhancement Scheme 2017 saw 8 villages benefit from works
- Recreation & Amenity-A number of key projects, which included Cork Harbour Greenway were progressed
- Architects were involved in the re-development of Dunmanway Swimming Pool and former Teagasc Offices on County Hall Campus
- Library Service-A new mobile library was launched in September, implementation of the New National Library Management System (LMS) took place
- Arts Service-145 arts organisations & artists were funded through the Arts Grants Scheme, huge success at Culture Night with highest attendance numbers recorded since the initiative started