Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announced this week that he has given sanction for North Tipperary Leader Partnership 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.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said:
“This project will be of immense benefit to Littleton. I know it will improve the quality of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the areas inhabitants.”
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 Minister added, “The project will now go back to the Board of Tipperary Leader Partnership for the final approval on the project. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development.”