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30 Nov 2021

Calls for council to support Longford rate-paying businesses

Grafton Court. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Longford County Councillor Micheal Carrigy wants to see businesses being given a helping hand to upgrade their shop fronts

Businesses that are paying rates to Longford County Council should receive help from the council when upgrading their shop fronts, according to Fine Gael Cllr Micheál Carrigy.

In his motion at the January meeting of Longford County Council, Cllr Carrigy proposed that the council introduce a Shop Front Enhancement grant scheme to help businesses throughout the county.

“This is in relation to a scheme that has been introduced in a number of other local authorities which is basically for helping with upgraded shop fronts in our towns around the county,” he explained.

“A slightly similar scheme ran here in Longford about four or five years ago and was run by Gary Brady and the Environmental Office, particularly in Granard.

“They had a scheme where 50% of the cost of upgrading the shops and houses in the town was funded by the scheme. “I just think something similar should be done with regard to businesses in the various towns, if they’re paying rates, to help them with upgrading their premises.”

Cllr Carrigy's motion was whole-heartedly supported by Cllrs Gerry Warnock (Independent) and Paraic Brady (FG) who agree that a scheme such as this would really enhance the towns around the county while also giving something back to small businesses.

It was agreed that the council would seek recommendation from the SPC and discuss the proposal at the next meeting of Longford County Council.

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