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Fingal County Council Prepares to Roll Out €588 Million Capital Programme Over Next Three Years

Fingal County Council Prepares to Roll Out €588 Million Capital Programme Over Next Three Years
October 15
09:15 2018

Fingal County Council has approved the drawdown of an €8 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) as it prepares to roll out its ambitious €588 million Capital Programme over the next three years. Last December. Fingal County Council signed an historic agreement with the EIB to secure a €70 million loan facility to support capital projects over a five-year period.

The finance will be used to accelerate the Council’s LED street lighting replacement programme and to invest significantly in heritage properties such as Swords Castle and Bremore Castle and industrial estates to provide further employment opportunities.

Some 212 projects have been identified in the programme, with an estimated €187.52 million spend next year alone. In 2020, capital expenditure will be in the region of €208 million and €192 million in 2021. Investment in housing will account for almost half of the expenditure at €297 million over the course of the three years. Projects under the Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department will account for €150 million, followed by Libraries/Community/Culture at €60.8 million and Economic/Enterprise and Tourism at €42 million.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “The process is kicking off in terms of the initial drawdown of the EIB loans. We will be using the finance in a tactical way to address that projects that we may not have otherwise got to. We are targeting our LED street lighting replacement scheme, which originally was a seven-year plan. This money will enable us complete the project in less than three years, with a significant pay back for the council. It will also provide for investment in heritage properties and industrial estates.”

He gave a commitment to bring forward a report early in 2019 which will provide a more detailed look at projects to be funded under the EIB loan facility over the coming years.

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