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Burnfoot to get new facelift 26.08.21

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has confirmired that 124 towns and villages will benefit from a new €7 million fund to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts across the country. Five settlements have been identified and successfully secured funding in County Donegal, including Burnfoot in Inishowen.
Further information about the Streetscape Enhancement Scheme can be found at www.donegalcoco.ie .
Announcing the 124 towns and villages Minister Humphreys said: “This unique initiative is about making our rural towns and villages more attractive and welcoming places for locals and visitors alike. Whether it’s painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading shop fronts or installing canopies or street furniture – this fund will provide a welcome boost to rural communities the length and breadth of the country.”

The Streetscape Enhancement Scheme is designed to make our rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit. Under the initiative, property owners will be provided with funding to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture.

The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Jack Murray welcomed the announcement stating: "Working with the businesses and communities in Donegal this programme will improve the appearance of our towns and villages and support local communities in the hard work they do for their community. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this programme, promoting regeneration and supporting businesses.’

The types of projects which maybe supported include:
• strategic collaboration between property owners to paint buildings or shop fronts in vibrant colours
• commissioning of murals in towns and villages
• upgrade or restoration of historic / traditional shop fronts
• provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes
• illumination and lighting of architectural features
• installation of canopies and street furniture
• decluttering of streetscapes with removal of unnecessary signs / wires

Liam Ward, Director of Community Development and Planning Services with Donegal County Council said: “This initiative is part of a suite of programmes through Town & Village, where we are working with communities and business across the county improving the visual amenity and appearance of our towns and villages, building capacity and supporting local business."

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 2pm on Tuesday 7th September 2021. Further information about the Streetscape Enhancement Scheme can be found at www.donegalcoco.ie .
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