By Dan Walsh
€100,000 in new funding has been announced for Enniscorthy businesses to upgrade building facades, artwork, murals, lighting, street furniture and canopies.
The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative will provide retail and property owners in Enniscorthy with grants they can use to give their business a facelift. The primary aim is to make Enniscorthy more attractive places to live, work or visit.
Speaking today Fine Gael TD, Paul Kehoe said; “Ensuring our towns are vibrant places to live and work is needed as we recover economically post-pandemic. Streetscapes offers businesses a new lease of life and the opportunity to get creative.
“Our local authority will manage the initiative and will begin advertising for applications in the coming weeks”, Deputy Kehoe concluded.
Minister Heather Humphreys added; “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 window sills 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.”
Deputy Kehoe was speaking after Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced funding of €2.6 million for 26 towns selected for funding with each local authority to receive €100,000 as part of the initiative.