Rural borewell grant scheme open

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Slieve Gullion councillors Anthony Flynn and Colman Burns have urged members of the public to apply to the Rural Borewells Scheme which is currently taking applications. Councillor Flynn, who recently convened a meeting in Silverbridge on this issue spoke to Newry Times and said, “Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill announced the opening of this grant scheme on Wednesday, 6 June and applications are being accepted until the 29th June. The Rural Borewells Scheme aims to provide access to affordable safe drinking water in rural homes, built before 2000, that are beyond the reach of the public mains network. Up to £10,000 is available towards borewell project costs with applications sought from owners and landlords of domestic rural properties. The scheme is expected to run for four years, subject to demand.” Councillor Colman Burns, who has constituents in his area which have no access to mains water, added, “People who live in isolated rural areas often face poor access to services. Despite an existing allowance of up to £10,000 from the Department of Regional Development (DRD) and NI Water, many householders throughout the north find the cost of accessing the public water mains network is currently so great that they simply cannot afford it. This scheme could hopefully make a borewell a realistic option for these families.” Further information on the scheme is available on the DARD website. To request an application pack please contact DARD Rural Development Division on 028 8224 7727.
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