By Jack Treacy
Town’s Painting Facelift
Following the funding of €200,000 from Galway County Council as part of the Business Facade Enhancement Scheme for the transformation of Ballinasloe’s streetscapes; the work is transforming drab streets into bright multi coloured fronts.
A variety of local painting contractors including David Keighery and his crew rollering and cleaning the town’s shopfronts brightening up the town.
A total of 79 businesses were successful in securing grant aid for their works through the Scheme.
Denis Naughten T.D. stated: “This funding will allow businesses to make a real difference to the appearance of the town and its potential to attract not just shoppers but also new businesses. The investment will help to encourage families and potential investors to choose our town rather than continuing to struggle daily in Dublin and will, in the long run, increase the rate base and income for the Council to invest in other local projects.”
The new colour scheme was strategically evolved by the talented duo of Bríd Mulvihill Kelly and Helen Curtain to display the shopfronts in a way that stands out and catches the eye of passers-by. Galway County Council’s Areitect then signed off and approved the design and scheme for each premises. The Premises owner was free to use any paint manufacturer and was also free to select which supplier to leave the business with. Many of the local painting stockists – Colohans, Chadwick. Barretts. Kellers and indeed Hogartys all saw some added trade from the scheme.
Local Painter Decorator - David Keighery commented: “There are plenty of businesses giving us work around town, we have a number of them painted already, we are trying to get a variety of assorted colours going along the streets. It is great to see how such a nice lift to the town it is, people have been coming and they are commenting on the various colours and the distinct colour schemes that they have, and I think it will be a great attraction for visitors coming into the town as well.”
David added: “Local people will hopefully make a few quid out of it themselves. We are available for people who are not involved in the scheme, and we have done work for business owners over the years and hopefully when they see this lovely colour scheme going through the streets they will come and pick up their phone and ask us to give them a quote.”
David and his team are still available, although they have a few more jobs they will continue to bedeck the community in an array of colours. You can get in touch at 0872117269. By Autumn they have guaranteed that the new look town will be most eye catching and to quote of the town's most famous characters “Our Streets will be looking very salubrious “, according to Davey.
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