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€7m fund to enhance streetscapes in rural towns and villages announced

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Supports planting projects to make rural towns and villages colourful, vibrant and attractive places

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12 August 2021 | 0

A new €7 million fund to make rural towns and villages more vibrant and attractive could see communities across Ireland investing in the development of green spaces.

The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative will provide funding for over 50 rural towns and villages across Ireland to enhance streetscapes and shopfronts through projects such as planting shrubs or installing street furniture.

A key part of the Irish government’s Our Rural Future strategy, the initiative was designed to make rural areas more vibrant and attractive places to live, work and visit.

Projects that could be supported under the initiative include:

  • Provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes
  • Installation of canopies and street furniture
  • Commissioning of murals in towns and villages
  • Upgrade or restoration of historic / traditional shopfronts
  • Decluttering of streetscapes with removal of unnecessary signs / wires
  • Collaboration between property owners to paint buildings in vibrant colours

“We have all seen the huge success of towns like Kinsale, Adare and others who have put a major focus on improving their streetscapes by painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading and restoring their traditional shop-fronts and removing unnecessary clutter from their main streets,” said Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys.

“This new initiative is about Local Authorities thinking strategically and working in collaboration with local businesses and property owners to add colour and vibrancy to our rural towns and villages.”

Minister Humphreys continued: “The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative will directly support property owners to undertake work such as shop-front improvement, the painting of buildings in vibrant colours, upgrades to signage and lighting, the development of green areas and the installation of canopies and street furniture.”

The initiative will be administered by Local Authorities who will be requested to nominate at least two towns per county. Participating towns and villages will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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