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Concerns for community funding cuts

Letterkenny’s last ever serving town councillors voiced that among their concerns after the local authority is disbanded later next year, was funding for the up keep of the town public spaces be maintained.

A number of councillors said funding for the maintenance of green areas, such as Letterkenny’s Town Parks and other green areas, should not be reduced when the Town Council disbands and becomes part of new “Municipal Districts” after he next local election, which are expected to be held next in May.

Councillor Dessie Larkin said any cut the funding when the new authority is installed would be a “backward step”.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan added that as well as the parks and green areas, many people were “very fearful for the future” of funding for amenities such as An Grianan Theatre and other local community groups.

Town manager, Seamus Neely gave a break down of the 2014 budget allocation to the members at the last ever budget meeting of the Town Council.

Among the figures he presented was €507,557 for housing, €1,389,164 for roads, €174,657 for Water services, €379,718 for Development management, €232,898 for Environmental Services, €2,282,178 for recreation and amenities,€682,656 and county demand was €2,200,000. A total of €7,848,830

 

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