Naas traders and shop owners being asked to attend meeting tonight in bid to Rediscover Naas

Grant schemes available for shop front designs and making businesses more accessible

Louise McCarthy

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Meet the candidates: Sorcha O'Neill, Naas LEA, Independent

Sorcha O'Neill, Independent

Naas town centre business people are being encouraged to take part in a new scheme aiming to encourage making premises more accessible and new designs for shop fronts.

Tonight at Lawlors Hotel, a newly formed Naas town team, including Majella O'Keeffe, Bill Clear and Cllr Sorcha O'Neill, will launch NaasLift, at 6pm.

Grant schemes will be announced and new awards are being introduced.

According to the official NaasLift statement, 'the shop front development programme aims to encourage Naas town centre to participate in the shop front and accessibility grant scheme.'

There will be the opportunity while participating in this scheme to avail of free colour consultations from trained advisers.

Also there will be encouragement for local businesses to display floral window boxes and 'improved accessibility to allow more shoppers to come in through the door.'

The group will be working with the Local Enterprise Office of Kildare County Council to encourage business owners to participate in the grant scheme.

Also there will be additional seating at appropriate locations.

Business people in Naas will now have the opportunity to take part in the Gold Star Accesssibility Business Award.

Pictures have been taken by ColourTrend of all the businesses in Naas, from Naas Ball to the Courthouse.

Local election candidate, Bill Clear, said: “Hopefully we will get lots of ideas from businesses and traders. We see this as very positive.”

Both awards will be presented each September following independent adjudication.

Additionally the Tidy Towns in Naas have announced a floral box or basket scheme, at a modest price.

For further information contact Majella O'Keeffe on 087 4183539, Bill Clear 087 9424488 or Cllr Sorcha O' Neill on 085 2000600.