Cappoquin Regeneration Company Ltd was established by Cappoquin Community Development Company in March 2019.The sole aim of this new Company is to address the issues of vacancy/dereliction/underuse of properties in Cappoquin Town.
The Mission statement of the Company is;
“We envision working with and on behalf of the local community in reinvigorating and regenerating the town of Cappoquin by purchasing and refurbishing underused/vacant/derelict properties, bringing them back into active use as residential/commercial entities, improving the public realm and thus making Cappoquin an attractive place for families and individuals to live in, work in and enjoy its natural amenities and its activities and also an attractive place to visit, by collaborating with stakeholders such as relevant Government Departments, Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Leader Partnership and the Tomar Trust. We envision being positive in our thinking, focusing on progress rather than survival and believing that success is always achievable. We intend building a reputation, not on things to be done, but on the things which have been done successfully”.
The Company has 4 Directors and a Management Committee of 14 members all of whom are voluntary. The Management Committee meets each month on the second Wednesday of that month.
The current members of the Management Committee are Dr Ben Murphy, Chairperson, Mr Tom Feerick, Mr Ollie Wilkinson, Mr Denis McCarthy, Mr John Flynn, Mr David Keane, Ms Marian Looby, Ms Helen Looby, Mr John McGrath, Ms Orla Nicholson, Mr Anthony Prendergast, Ms Maura Purcell, Mr Aidan Walsh and Mr Joe White.
Above are 2 properties in the town which were vacant and derelict and which the Company has now purchased. The properties have been made safe and painted externally to make presentable. Further restoration and refurbishment awaits funding from Government Sources.
In November 2018 Cappoquin was nominated as one of 6 towns in the country to take part in a pilot scheme to develop innovative proposals to encourage centre of town living. €100,000 was allocated to Waterford City and County Council for this purpose. Architectural Consultants were appointed for this purpose and proposals concentrating on the block of houses between Upper Main Street and Green Street have been drawn up. These proposals are being submitted to the Dept. of Community and Rural Development.
Town and Village Renewal:
Under the Town and Village Renewal programme, Cappoquin has been allocated €100,000 to improve the public realm of the town. Waterford City and County Council will administer this programme and are currently drawing up proposals for this allocation.
Cappoquin Community Development has in 2018 and 2019 allocated €300 to each of 16 residential properties as an incentive to have the facades of these properties painted.