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Ennis, Clare, Ireland, 2007/03/14 - Ennis Town Council confirmed that it had received notification from the Drumbiggle Residents’ Association of the latter group’s decision not to engage in the Department of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht Affairs and Pobal co-ordinated RAPID Programme - Enn.
Ennis Town Council, which is one of a number of State Agencies involved in the Programme, expressed disappointment at the position adopted by the Residents Association but remains confident that a solution could be found through dialogue to address issues raised by the group. The Council added that any change in the status of the designated RAPID areas was a matter for central Government and the Department of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Ennis RAPID area comprises six residential areas. The areas include Drumbiggle, Dalcassian/Turnpike, Old Military Barracks, Hermitage, Clancy Park and Cloughleigh. RAPID Projects rely on an inter-agency (HSE Midwest, Ennis Town Council, Clare VEC, Dept of Social & Family Affairs, FÁS, etc) and are based on a strong partnership with the community and voluntary sector. Many RAPID project investments build upon the existing investment of resources by agencies from within their own internal budgets.
The spokesperson stated, “Drumbiggle, like many other communities in Ennis, has benefited greatly under the Government’s RAPID Programme. RAPID project investments have resulted in significant and noticeable improvements in the lives of the residents in all RAPID areas. Recreation and amenity projects such as playgrounds and the successful all weather pitch have been provided through the RAPID programme. In addition improvement works have included landscaping, improvement of open spaces, provision of white lighting and traffic calming measures. Further works are planned for 2007”.
The spokesperson continued, “The Council wants to see the continued participation of the Drumbiggle Residents’ Association in the RAPID Programme considering the enormous benefits that the Government initiative has brought to the local community.”
The spokesperson indicated that Ennis Town Council would be supportive of any measures aimed at securing the continued involvement of the Drumbiggle Residents’ Association in the RAPID Programme.
“The Council would always respond to a request for a meeting from any Residents Association that requested same. The Council, like all other participating State Agencies, would like to see a continuation of the Association’s involvement in the RAPID Programme in the interests of all members of the local community”, the Ennis Town Council spokesperson concluded.
The RAPID Programme is a focussed Government initiative targeting 45 urban centres in the country. The Programme aims to ensure that priority attention is given to tackling the spatial concentration of poverty and social exclusion within the 45 designated areas through targeting state resources, available under the National Development Plan. The Programme also calls on Government Departments and State Agencies to bring about better co-ordination and closer integration in the delivery of services. There are two Strands of the Programme - Strand I targets 25 urban areas, while Strand II targets 20 provincial towns around the country including Ennis.