Avondhu Blackwater Partnership have welcomed a new addition to the staff in the form of Cathal o’ Meara, who has been contracted to provide expertise in the area of Landscape Architecture.
Avondhu Blackwater Partnership provide grant funding to Communities in the Fermoy/Mallow/Blarney region under the Rural Development Programme and the Local and Community Development Programme and in recent times the company has received an increasing number of queries from Community Councils and local groups seeking support and funding for area enhancement schemes. These schemes may address issues such as improving pedestrian facilities, creating local amenity areas, street tree planting schemes and identifying and improving local looped walks.
With that in mind the company has decided that the addition of a dedicated Landscape Architect will enhance the service that it can provide and allow it to offer greater expertise to the Councils and interest groups that it deals with. Those interested in enhancing their local environment can now contact Cathal at the offices of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, and he can provide advice and guidance on their proposal, put a structure on their plan and offer feedback where required. For those with no concrete ideas on what they are seeking, but who wish to develop their community, Cathal can visit their village and using his experience and talent assist them in fleshing out different concepts and ideas. The final blueprint can then be included with the grant submission to Avondhu Blackwater Partnership for processing.
Cathal comes to Avondhu Blackwater Partnership with a wealth of experience under his belt, having worked on similar projects in Dublin, London and the Middle East, before spending the last year and a half in Guatemala on projects to enhance the cityscape which resulted in Guatemala City creating its first dedicated cycle lanes.
Valerie Murphy the Chief Executive of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership commented “we are absolutely delighted that we have added Cathal to our skills base. We do so much work with local Communities and we can now offer a dedicated resource to the challenge of keeping our villages at the forefront of Irelands Tidy Towns. We are really looking forward to seeing the work he will do in our region”
For further information on the grants available to Community Groups, and the assistance that Avondhu Blackwater Partnership can offer in this area log on to http://www.avondhublackwater.com, or call 025 33411.
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