Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Deputy Anthony Lawlor says that he is increasingly frustrated by the delay in reviewing the Drehid Waste Management Facility Community Grant Scheme while local community projects are crying out for funding.
“The scheme which is administered by Kildare County Council was stopped two years ago by the Comptroller and Auditor General, who was unhappy with the administration of funding under the grant scheme. A review of the scheme was ordered, but the length of review and the implementation of necessary changes has been excessive in my view.”
“When it was running, the scheme was open to applications from community groups within a 9km radius of the Drehid Waste Management Facility. The grants funded local environmental projects and the improvement of community facilities. I understand that €1.2 million in funding has accumulated and I have been calling on Kildare County Council to complete the review without any further delay and reopen the scheme to local community groups”.
“I am told that the reviewed scheme will be presented to councillors in the Maynooth Municipal District shortly and the scheme will be reopened to applications thereafter. As yet a date is to be confirmed. While it is understandable that the scheme was stopped until a full review was carried out, time is pushing on and questions must be asked at this stage. According to the planning permission, the planning authority in conjunction with a community liaison committee, have the ultimate decision on how the funding is distributed and yet the identity of who makes these decisions remains a mystery. This grant scheme was a condition of the planning application to benefit the local community who may be inconvenienced by the dump and this delay after such a short time in operation is unacceptable. These are questions that I hope councillors will ask the fund administrators”.