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Minister Humphreys announces the 26 towns to benefit from €2.6 million fund to enhance streetscapes and shopfronts

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced the 26 towns and villages that will benefit from a €2.6 million fund to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts, with Tallow, Co. Waterford set to receive €100,000.

Under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative, retailers and property owners will be provided with grants

that they can use to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork or install features such as street furniture or canopies.  The overall purpose of the Scheme is to give our towns and villages a facelift and make them more attractive places to live, work or visit.

Minister Humphreys today announced the 26 towns that have been selected for funding with each local authority to receive €100,000 as part of the Initiative. The Minister today urged businesses, property owners and retailers in the 26 towns to apply to their local authority to avail of funding.

Making the announcement today, Minister Humphreys said, “When I announced this initiative last year, there was a hugely positive reaction from businesses and retailers. I’m therefore delighted to announce 26 additional towns that will benefit from €2.6 million in funding from my Department. We all take pride in our rural towns and villages and want them to be as attractive and welcoming as possible. That’s exactly what Streetscapes is all about. I want as many businesses and property owners to get involved over the next few weeks and to avail of this funding. You may wish to give the front of your shop a new lease of life and repaint it in bright, vibrant colours. Perhaps you want to cover your windowsills with flowers and plants or purchase street furniture, canopies for your customers to enjoy. Or maybe you have an even bolder idea. This time round, I’m encouraging neighbouring businesses to submit a joint application to their local authority if they have a more ambitious proposal. For example, under the first tranche of funding, some businesses transformed their facades with attractive murals – that’s one way to make your town stand out.”

Richie Walsh, Senior Rural Development Officer, Waterford City and County Council said, “Waterford City and County Council’s Rural Development team is delighted with the announcement of €100,000 for Tallow under the Street Enhancement Scheme. While the specifics of the scheme are not yet finalised, the team will be shortly engaging with property owners and with local community organisations in Tallow to ensure that the maximum impact can be achieved for the community.”

The 26 towns due to receive the funding were selected by each local authority in consultation with local businesses and community groups. Local authorities will manage the initiative locally and will be advertising for applications in the coming weeks. The initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future and will make our rural towns and villages more vibrant and attractive places to live, work and visit.

The types of projects that could be supported include – strategic collaboration between property owners to paint buildings and/or shopfronts in vibrant colours, upgrade or restoration of historic / traditional shopfronts, provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes, installation of canopies and murals/public artwork.

 

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