Naas Lift gets positive turnout with grant schemes for local businesses

Naas Businesses are being encouraged to take part

Louise McCarthy

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Louise McCarthy

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Naas Lift gets positive turnout with grant schemes for local businesses

Naas town centre

Local Cllr Sorcha O'Nell welcomed the  'good turnout in Naas' earlier this week for the launch of NaasLift.

She said: "Lots of interest from the local business community and the project was well received."

The new initiative is backed by voluntary community groups, such as Naas Access and Disability Group, along with Naas Tidy Towns.

The main aims of the project are to provide a brighter and more vibrant streetscape in the town to make it a nicer place to shop and visit.

Businesses are invited to avail of the free image and colour consultation.

Cllr O'Neill said:"We would like to see Naas Main Street on par with towns like Westport and Dingle who are known for their colorful towns and as such are popular destinations for visitors."

The initiative is designed to to make the town more accessible no matter what the ability or disability.

There is  an audit questionnaire available  to assist businesses to receive or work towards the Gold Star for Accessibility. This project would like to see Naas  become Universally Access Friendly for older people, people  traveling with buggies and people with disabilities. Cllr O'Neill says that there is an aspiration  to become the second town in Ireland to receive this accreditation. 

Grant schemes covering up to 75% of the works towards new shop fronts and making businesses more accessible.

Awards will be available for businesses. 

There are many businesses already signed up and there is time for more to get involved. For more information please email: 

naastownteam@gmail.com