By Ronan Dodd
NENAGH Town Council is to help residents along MacDonagh Street to give their street a facelift. The council announced at its April meeting that it was bringing in a pilot public painting scheme for the town and MacDonagh Street was the first area to be targeted.
Town planner Anne Marie Devanney told councillors that she will personally deliver brochures to each of the 48 houses along the street to explain the scheme and to encourage people to get involved.
The council has a budget of €7,000 for the scheme, with a maximum of €500 going to individual houses and €700 going to business premises.
“They will carry out the work and then submit a claim to us. We will make sure the work was carried out and was what had been agreed and refund the money,” she explained. “We are covering the cost of the paint, not the painters, and people can do the work themselves.”
Mayor Lalor McGee said it will benefit local painters and help local employment as well as benefitting the residents.
Ms Devanney said she hoped people would buy their paint locally, which would also help local businesses.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd stated: “This will have a huge benefit to the area. The secret is in you calling,” to which the town planner replied: “This is your scheme, your budget”.