Launch of the Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Streetscape, Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme 2017

James Dwyer Area Engineer, Ind Cllr Kevin Conway, John Lyons Macroom Tidy Towns, Cllr Michael Creed FG, Cllr Ted Lucey FG, Martin Coughlan Macroom Tidy Towns, Chairperson Blarney & Macroom Municipal District, Cllr Bob Ryan FF who launch the scheme & Marie O'Leary Municipal District Officer for Blarney / Macroom gather at the iconic Castle Demesne in Macroom to launch the Streetscape, Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme 2017. Pic: John Delea.

THE Blarney/Macroom Municipal District Streetscape, Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme 2017 was launched by chairperson Cllr Bob Ryan in Macroom. At the launch were other members of the Municipal District, Cllr Ted Lucey, Cllr Michael Creed and Cllr Kevin Conway, together with member of Macroom Tidy Towns Committee Martin Coughlan and John Lyons.

Each Municipal District identified a town where it will place a particular emphasis on dereliction during 2017. The purpose of this proposal is not to suggest that any particular town or area is worse than others but to try and take a proactive approach and look at measures that might lead to an improvement in a town, or a particular part of it.

In 2017 this Paint Scheme will focus on the areas of Castle Street and New Street in Macroom. The scheme will include:

Streetscape Painting Scheme: Provision of financial assistance to assist property owners, local tidy towns groups and/or communities, to improve the overall appearance of buildings.

Shop Signage: Provision of advice and some limited financial assistance to encourage more traditional type shop fronts. The aim would be to move away from the ‘garish plastic signage’ to more traditional types that are more in line with the nature and character of towns.

Derelict Sites Act: The Council will increase its activity in the identification of properties that come under the definition of dereliction. In many instances minor remedial works may be sufficient to arrest dereliction on a particular property. It should be noted that “any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land” is deemed derelict under the Act.

Interested applicants should contact the Municipal District office in the Town Hall Macroom for an application form. The closing date receipt of applications under this Scheme is 4pm on Friday 26th May 2017.