Sinnott Keen To See Shop Improvement Scheme In Swords

Justin SinnottCllr. Justin Sinnott pictured on Swords main street.

Local councillor Justin Sinnott (NP) is delighted that his recent motion on the introduction of a shop front improvement scheme for Swords and Balbriggan was passed an Area Committee meeting.
He proposed the development of a “Shop Front Improvement Scheme” to improve the overall appearance of shop fronts and commercial properties that front onto public streets within the Swords and Balbriggan areas.
The Council responded positively to the motion, and explained that the initiative could go ahead, provided that businesses and stakeholders assist and are willing to take part in the scheme. “A Shop Front Improvement Scheme was carried out in Balbriggan in 2012 -2013. This was primarily a shop front painting improvement scheme and was a collaboration between County Council officials and representatives of Balbriggan Town Council with advice from an exterior painting consultant. Shop Front Improvement Schemes can be very useful and worthwhile tools for improving the quality of public realm in our towns and villages. A critical factor in their success is the participation by business and other stakeholders,” the Council explained.
“It is important that the initiative in the first instance is taken by those stakeholders. The appropriate Council staff will be made available to advise and assist those stakeholders who organise to work collectively on the development of such schemes,” they added. “I got the idea from seeing a similar scheme in Dun Laoghaire,” Sinnott explained. “So I thought, as plans are being made to revive Swords in the form of a new masterplan for the town, that a Shop Front Improvement Scheme could work in tandem with this.”
“My aim is to now work with business and trader groups and make this happen as I’m keen to see it go forward,” he added. “I’d be more than happy to facilitate local businesses around the town to see that this can be done successfully.”