The medieval town of Youghal is set to receive a major boost with the announcement that Cork County Council will roll out an innovative grants scheme to tenants or owners of buildings along the Main Street of Youghal. The scheme will offer grants of up to 50% of the cost of painting facades along the entire town centre when using a colour from a ‘heritage palate’. 50% will also be given towards replacement of neon/plastic signs with ‘heritage-styled’ signage. The incentives are part of the ongoing Heritage Regeneration Strategy for the town.
The initiative is driven by the East Cork Municipal District and is aimed at fully maximising the potential of the town, to position Youghal as a distinctive, international tourist and commercial destination within its historic core. The scheme is also set to provide a much needed boost to employment in the area.
The 2015 scheme is an extension of the 2009 painting-only scheme which received huge acclaim and succeeded in giving a major face-lift to the entire North Main Street. The 2015 scheme has been extended to cover the South Main Street also, which is regarded as needing special attention due to much higher than average levels of vacancies. Applicants to the scheme are requested to have due regard to the ‘heritage’ palate of colours, but not exclusively. The grant generally excludes the painting of shop fronts, as this is considered to be the domain of corporate identity, but exceptions will be considered.
The second grant scheme – ‘The Shop Front Signage Scheme’ will aim to positively impact the visual amenity of the townscape. Good quality shop fronts have always been a notable part of Youghal’s built heritage and attractiveness. Unfortunately due to factors largely brought about by the economic downturn, many shop fronts has now become rundown in Youghal. Inappropriate signage, in modern plastic and neon materials, have become commonplace; due to cheaper alternatives and a lack of a creative design direction. The proposed signs for the scheme should be of wood/cast metal construction. Consideration will not be given to any plastic, sheet metal or neon signs.
Applications should be in made in writing to the East Cork Municipal District Offices, Cork County Council, Town Hall, Youghal before Tuesday, 4th August 2015. Further details on how to qualify for the scheme can be found on www.youghal.ie or 024-92926.
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Further information on the scheme: Contact: Helen Mulcahy, East Cork Municipal District Office, Youghal, Co. Cork.