Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Mayo will receive a total of €260,000 to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts in rural towns and villages as part of a new €7 million national fund.

Details of the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative were announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD.

A key part of the Our Rural Future campaign, it will make rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit.

The initiative will be administered by local authorities and funding allocations are based on the number of towns and villages in each county.

Funding allocated under the scheme will provide property owners with an opportunity to improve the facades of their buildings and boost their local community in the process through artwork, murals, lighting, street furniture and planting, canopies and general decluttering of the streetscape through the removal of unnecessary signs and wiring.

Ballina’s Lower Pearse St got a colourful makeover by the Ballina Community Clean Up Group last summer and other Mayo communities can now execute similar enhancements under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative.

Welcoming the funding, Mayo FF TD, Deputy Dara Calleary, hailed the Ballina Community Clean Up Group as setting a great example for the type of improvements that might be realised under the initiative.

Local FG TD Deputy Dillon also welcomed the launch of the initiative saying:

“Collaboration and strategic thinking will form a key part of this. 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.”

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