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Streetscape scheme deadline is extended to end of the year


Arklow Main Street

Arklow Main Street

Arklow Main Street


Wicklow businesses have been given more time to improve streetscapes in towns across the county.

The Department of Rural and Community Development confirmed the deadline for completion of works under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative had been extended to December 31, 2021.

The programme is intended to make rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit. Businesses and property owners in Arklow, Baltinglass, Blessington, Enniskerry, Kilcoole and Wicklow Town could apply for grants under the scheme.

Wicklow Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore said: “The extension is very welcome news as the original timeframe was far too short with a deadline for property owners in towns and villages across Wicklow and the country of October 22. This deadline only left a few weeks available for applicants to apply for funding, to complete works to their shop front and then claim for expenses, which was clearly insufficient.

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“I raised this with the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys with a Parliamentary Question where she acknowledged the timeframe was causing difficulties for people, especially with bad weather factored in. I’m delighted she responded to my request for an extension in such a positive manner,” said Deputy Whitmore.

“Cllr Peir Leonard in Arklow Municipal District had raised this issue with me citing the difficulties many businesses in Arklow were experiencing getting funding for this initiative. I hope the Minister has learned from this initiative and will be able to provide more funding in future to help revitalise our towns and villages. It’s a real opportunity to enhance our local town centres and I hope to see more come on stream in future,’ she said.

Cllr Peir Leonard said she was “delighted” by the extended deadline to complete works. “Having works with many local Main Street businesses helping them to put together their application, this is welcome news.”

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: “There has been a very positive response to the new Streetscapes Enhancement Initiative introduced by the Government this year. This unique initiative is about making our rural towns and villages more attractive and welcoming places for locals and visitors alike. I have no doubt that the works funded will make a big impact on the appearance of our towns and villages.”