-Fund to assist town in creating its own masterplan-
-Tackling dereliction and vacancy at the heart of Town Centre First-
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Dublin Fingal TD, Darragh O’Brien has warmly welcomed the €100,000 allocation under ‘Town Centre First’ for Lusk in North County Dublin.
26 towns across the country have received €100,000 each to develop their own masterplan which will focus on tackling dereliction and vacancy, breathing life back into them and ensuring they are even better places to live, work and run a business.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “This is a very important first step for Lusk, helping the town map out their future development. The roll-out of these masterplans is only the start and very shortly my Department will be announcing, along with the Department of Rural and Community Development, a new ‘Town Centre First’ policy.
“Having safe, sustainable and prosperous towns where people can work and live is at the heart of ‘Town Centre First’. Our rural towns and villages play a central role in the lives of people in rural areas. They are where we live work and socialise. It’s important that we ensure our towns and villages remain vibrant.
“I recently met with Lusk Community Council to discuss ‘Lusk Vision 2030: Lusk for Life’ so I know that a lot of the groundwork has already been prepared. A wide range of stakeholders, from sporting clubs, businesses, community groups, and local individuals and families participated in the plan, showing very clearly the appetite that exists for positive change in the town. It also clearly demonstrates the deep sense of pride people take in the town, something that is clear to see.
“Lusk is a beautiful rural town. It’s a place I visit regularly and it has a seriously bright future as well as a deeply rich history. I am pleased to support it in any way that I can,” he concluded.