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How local property tax was spent in Thurles Municipal District

The proceeds of the local property tax have provided tangible benefits to communities across Thurles Municipal District.

So how are Local Property Tax and General Municipal Allocation monies spent in your area?

Projects in Thurles Municipal District which benefited from the allocation of the proceeds of the increased local property tax and GMA monies in 2020 included -
• Village Enhancement Works Loughmore/Castleiney
• Village Enhancement Works Gortagarry
• Contribution to a production by Roscrea Musical Society as part of their 80th Anniversary celebrations
• Contribution to the provision of the new Borrisoleigh Community Centre
• Contribution to development works at Thurles Gaels GAA Grounds
• Contribution to development works at Durlas Óg GAA Grounds
• Footpath upgrade works at Littleton, Moycarkey and Fanning Park, Two-Mile-Borris
• Contribution to the development of a Sensory Garden in Thurles
• Support to the Enhancement of the Two-Mile-Borris Sensory Garden
• Contribution to the Development of a Sensory Garden in Ballysloe
• Resurfacing works at Chapel Lane, Roscrea
• Support to Resident Associations
• Painting and Enhancement Scheme Grants for businesses
• Christmas Lights Contributions in the following villages –
 Borrisoleigh
 Clonakenny
 Clonmore
 Gortnahoe
 Holycross
 Littleton
 Moyne
 Roscrea
 Templetuohy
 Two Mile Borris
• Providing Financial assistance to mitigate the impacts of Covid -19 during 2021
 Thurles Leisure Centre – 50% top up on subvention.
 Roscrea Leisure Centre – 50% top up on subvention.

Grant Recipients 2020
2020 was an incredibly difficult year for almost all of us. However, despite restrictions imposed by Covid – 19, significant work was undertaken by local community groups and clubs during 2020. The following table shows the total number of grants from GMA/LPT monies awarded to community groups in Thurles District.

Grant Category Number Granted
Sports 49
Residents Association 46
Burial 54
Tidy Towns 24
Municipal 2
Community 15
Christmas Lights 10
Town Enhancement 16

Templemore Tidy Towns were one such group who benefitted from a GMA/LPT allocation in the form of a grant - The Temperance Hall Garden was enhanced, taking account of biodiversity and pollination. The committee used their grant money to repaint the post & rail fence on the Birr Road and to carry out weeding & litter picks.

Painting & Enhancement Scheme 2020

In 2020 a Painting & Enhancement Scheme was rolled out in Roscrea, Templemore and Thurles. The scheme saw 14 premises across the District revamp their premises with new signage, fresh paint, hanging baskets & window boxes, which helped enhance the streetscape of our towns.
In addition to improving the attractiveness of the individual properties this scheme also provided employment to painters & decorators across the District and there was also a spin-off in terms of business for local hardware shops. It also provided encouragement & support to business owners at a time when they were facing challenges.
Further premises will benefit under the 2021 Scheme.

During the current year a programme of works funded by the GMA/LPT allocation is continuing.

Specific projects which will be funded through the GMA/LPT for 2021 will include:
• Village Enhancement Works Loughmore
• Village Enhancement Works Toomevara
• Village Enhancement Works Upperchurch
• Support to Resident Associations
• Painting and Enhancement Scheme Grants for businesses
• Christmas Lights Contributions in the following villages –
 Borrisoleigh
 Clonakenny
 Clonmore
 Gortnahoe
 Holycross
 Littleton
 Moyne
 Roscrea
 Templemore
 Horse & Jockey
 Ballysloe

This year, Thurles Municipal District will also be doing something different with a portion of its LPT/GMA monies.

We have developed a Project Pipeline Plan, which is a new approach being taken by Thurles Municipal District to develop capital projects.

The Pipeline Plan is a portfolio of projects for the entire Thurles District, which sets out the projects which are a priority for the Elected Members and the officials to progress to delivery stage.

The aim of the Project Pipeline Plan is to set ambitious targets for the District and to position the District so that it is ready to apply for national funding with shovel ready projects.

Having access to seed money is crucial to the success of this Project Pipeline approach as it enables surveys, studies and preliminary designs to be undertaken, which allow for the required planning permissions to be achieved.
This year the Members of Thurles Municipal District voted to set aside a portion of increased Local Property Tax monies, as enabling funds or seed money to progress projects across the District. This LPT/GMA funding will be capitalised at year end and used for the projects the following year.

This approach and commitment of LPT funding by the elected members towards the improvement and transformation of urban and rural areas across the entire District displays the ambition and foresight of the Thurles Municipal District Council.
This seed money will be used to bring projects identified in Plans and Strategies such as the Roscrea Enhancement Plan and Thurles Renewal Strategy to shovel ready stage so that national Departmental funding can be accessed.
The Pipeline Plan contains over 90 projects and includes the following –
• Holycross Visitors Centre
• River Suir Walk, Thurles
• Mews Building, Thurles
• Thurles Agricultural Building
• Bowes Corner Pedestrian Works, Thurles
• Templemore Town Hall and Plaza
• Monanicha Abbey Walk, Roscrea

Monday, 12 July, 2021 - 14:30 to Saturday, 31 July, 2021 - 13:30
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