Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government that North Tipperary Leader Partnership has been given authorisation to approve funding of €431,000 to Littleton Development Association for the construction of a large multi-purpose sports centre in Littleton, under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
Minister Kelly said “This is great news for Littleton, it will be a huge boost to Littleton and the surrounding area”.
The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is hoped that, by focusing on these services, the Programme will lead to sustainable development, which in turn will ensure prosperity for the rural areas.
The project will now go back to the Board of North Tipperary Leader Partnership for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development.