Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Social Base: S2 Rural Regeneration
The Department through a range of measures will encourage the regeneration of rural towns and villages in Fermanagh to achieve economic and environmental benefits and to remove dereliction. Consultation will be undertaken with local communities, the District Council and the private sector.
Rural regeneration is fostered by a variety of types and combinations of projects. Regeneration initiatives are well established in Fermanagh where there is a wide network of community organisations which to date have made full use of the funding opportunities available. Funding sources include the European Union, Government Departments, the International Fund for Ireland, Fermanagh District Council, charitable trusts, voluntary organisations and private sponsorship.
The Department for its part has a positive role in implementing initiatives aimed at assisting economic development and environmental improvement in towns and villages. The Department has powers to promote comprehensive development schemes where it is considered necessary that an area should be developed, redeveloped or improved as a whole and environmental schemes for the improvement of public areas. Such schemes may in turn help to stimulate other regeneration activities including private sector investment. The Department through the application of Conservation Area Grant and enhancement schemes also recognises the contribution that conserving areas of architectural or historic interest can make to economic regeneration.
In recent years in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland the Department has helped stimulate private enterprise through the Urban Development Programme and promoted community sponsored regeneration projects through the Community Regeneration and Improvement Special Programme (CRISP). From 1990 to 1995 £2.2m have been approved in Urban Development Grants, while some of the most significant developments in the physical regeneration of the small towns and villages in Fermanagh have been carried out through CRISP projects. From 1990 to 1995 £6.15m have been approved for projects in the following places: Belcoo, Belleek, Derrygonnelly, Garrison, Irvinestown, Lisnaskea, Pettigoe/Tullyhommon and Rosslea. Consideration is also being given to a number of further projects currently being prepared.
These initiatives complement the activities of Fermanagh District Council, the Department of Agriculture and the Rural Development Council. These bodies are active in promoting the revitalisation of disadvantaged rural areas by encouraging and assisting local communities to bring forward self-help community regeneration plans to help strengthen the economic and social infrastructure of rural areas. The Department for its part will continue to promote appropriate schemes depending on the availability of resources and will liaise with and support the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Rural Housing Association in their efforts to tackle the significant problem of rural housing unfitness in Fermanagh.