LEADER is an EU funded programme aimed at improving the quality of life in rural areas and diversifying the rural economy. It supports the delivery of local development actions in rural communities and has formed part of EU funding supports since 1991. For the new LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) will be the Local Action Group with Westmeath Community Development Ltd as the lead Implementation Partner. A budget of €7.4m is available for Westmeath under this new Programme.
In consultation with communities, state agencies and other relevant stakeholders, Westmeath Community Development Ltd. has prepared a draft Local Development Strategy for Co. Westmeath on behalf of the Local Action Group, Westmeath Local Community Development Committee. This draft Local Development Strategy 2014-2020 sets out the proposed objectives and actions for the new LEADER programme. It has been prepared in line with the Themes for the Programme as outlined by the EU and National Guidelines. They are as follows:
- Rural Economic Development/Enterprise Development and Job Creation in relation to:
(a) Rural Tourism,
(b) Enterprise Development,
(c) Broadband, and
(d) Rural Towns
- Social Inclusion through Building Community Capacity, Training and Animation in relation to
- Rural Environment:
(a) Protection and sustainable use of water resources,
(b) Protection and improvement of Biodiversity, and
(c) Development of Renewable Energy.
Comments on the draft Strategy are now invited from members of the public and should be forwarded on or before Friday, 23rd October, 2015 for the attention of:
A copy of the Draft Local Development Strategy can be obtained by contacting Westmeath Community Development and clicking here to download