atest press release from Minister Simon Harris, issued on Thursday, August 5th 2021…
Wicklow will receive a total of €320,000 to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts in rural towns and villages as part of a new €7 million national fund, Minister Harris has said.
Minister Harris said yesterday’s announcement of the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, will provide funding to property owners to improve the facades of their buildings and will be a great boost for communities in Wicklow.
The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative is a key part of the Our Rural Future campaign and will make rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit. The allocation of funding is based on the number of towns and villages in each county.
Minister Harris said, “Funding of €320,000 for Wicklow towns and villages will see communities across our county becoming more colourful, vibrant and attractive places. Projects will include upgrades to building facades, artwork, murals, lighting, street furniture and canopies.
“Other projects across Wicklow will include the commissioning of murals in towns and villages, the provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes and the illumination and lighting of architectural features. It also includes the installation of canopies and street furniture which will contribute to the great work done by many bar and restaurant owners this summer.
“Collaboration and strategic thinking will form a key part of this initiative; Local Authorities will work with businesses and property owners, and we’ll also see strategic collaboration between property owners themselves to paint buildings or shopfronts in vibrant colours.”
Announcing the new initiative yesterday, Minister Humphreys said, “We have all seen the huge success of towns across the country who have put a major focus on improving their streetscapes by painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading and restoring their traditional shopfronts and removing unnecessary clutter from their main streets.
“Outdoor Dining is here to stay, and I believe that will only be a positive for towns and villages across the country.
“Through this fund, we want to make sure that people are looking out at vibrant, colourful and welcoming streets in our rural towns.”
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