Urban And Rural Community Development Department
The Urban And Rural Community Development Department is responsible for the operation of the structures of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and the Public Participation Network (PPN). Under the auspices of the Local Community Development Committee, the Department is responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and the Rural Development Strategy including the LEADER Programme. It also has responsibility for Age-Friendly Limerick, the Intercultural Cities Programmes and Integration Working Group, Traveller Support Programmes, Learning Limerick (in cooperation with external agencies including the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and the Local Development Companies), Comhairle na nÓg, Healthy Limerick (in cooperation with the HSE) and liaison with the Limerick Sports Partnership.
The Urban And Rural Community Development Department takes the key role in the delivery of central government grants schemes to support local economic and community development including small-scale programmes such as CLÁR in disadvantaged rural areas, the Community Enhancement Programme, Healthy Ireland; medium-scale grant programmes such as Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme and larger-scale grants under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The work of the Department also includes community support, initiatives such as Tidy Towns, Going for Gold, Team Limerick Clean-up, Green Schools, environmental awareness initiatives in line with the southern regional waste management plan, and other initiatives in addition to the cemeteries services and the Refuse Waiver Scheme.
The department is also responsible for dealing with derelict sites, vacant sites and property, with the aim of bringing them back into re-use through engagement with their owner. The department also provides advice on various incentive scheme including Living City Initiative. The department also administers the Town & Village Renewal Scheme and prepares public realm plans in conjunction with local communities. In relation to sport and recreation, the Department is responsible for operation and management of swimming pools, golf course, playgrounds and other recreation facilities and amenities. It works closely with the Limerick Sports Partnership in delivery of its programmes which focus on educating and enabling individuals and communities to engage in physical activity and increase participation levels in sports, targeting disadvantaged populations / groups in particular. The Limerick Sports Partnership secures funding from a variety of other sources to assist with its operations and programme delivery. Key funders are Sport Ireland, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) Youth Programme Fund, the HSE, Limerick City and County Council and the Dormant Accounts programme.
The Urban and Rural Community Development Department will ensure that Government’s Framework Policy - Our Communities: A Framework Policy for Local and Community Development (2015) - addressed to policies, programmes and other interventions in local community development, is implemented at local level.