Shopfronts get a facelift as Council helps businesses spruce up before reopening

Councillors roll up their sleeves to help with the Activating County Towns initiative
Shopfronts get a facelift as Council helps businesses spruce up before reopening

Annette Foley, the owner of Passage West Pharmacy, participating in Cork County Council's shopfront initiative as part of Project ACT, with  three local councillors, Seamus McGrath, chair of Carrigaline Municipal District;  Liam O’Connor, and Marcia Dalton. Picture: Brian Lougheed

As businesses continue to gear up to reopen after Covid-19, some of them are sprucing up their shopfronts with the help of Cork County Council.

Part of the council's Project ACT (Activating County Towns) initiative is building upon its supports to businesses by offering a locally-tailored shopfront improvement scheme in the towns of Carrigaline and Passage West. This initiative is just one example of the range of diverse supports catering for the unique needs of towns and villages across the county.

The Carrigaline Municipal District Council's Shop Front Improvement Scheme was initiated in the course of local Project ACT meetings with local business representatives and other stakeholders.

It allows for tenants or owners of buildings to avail of funding to cover costs of materials, labour, and sign replacement to enhance the facade of street-facing outlets, stores, and services, ensuring a positive experience for shoppers as our towns and villages continue to reopen.

The owner of Akkaya Turkish Barbers, Arif Akkaya, spoke of the benefits of the scheme having availed of the fund.

“We’re all very excited to return to the people of Passage West who, it’s clear to see, need us as much as we need them. Being back in business will be a welcome relief both for us and for our customers,” Mr Akkaya said.

“We understand that an improvement in appearance can give confidence, which is exactly why we are once again participating in the streetscape improvement scheme. We’re proud of our store and proud of our community, and we know that the improvements we’re making with the help of Cork County Council will help Passage West to get back to business,” he added.

Outgoing Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle, is encouraging business owners in the Carrigaline Municipal District, which covers Passage West, to avail of the scheme.

“This is one of the many initiatives the council is undertaking alongside the local community to help in the activation of our county towns and villages, and will see a transformation of participating stores and shopfronts, enhancing streetscapes as a whole,” Mr Doyle said.

Further information on Project ACT initiatives can be found at www.corkcoco.ie.

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