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Friday, 10th August 2018

Narrow West Street gets a facelift

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Volunteers painting buildings in Narrow West Street last night and below how they looked last week.

Long term solution urgently needed to secure future of buildings.

It’s long been a source of annoyance and embarrassment that many of the fine old buildings in Narrow West Street, one of the main entrances to the town/city of Drogheda, have been allowed to descend into utter dereliction.

For years there has been criticism and social media chatter about the state of the street and many calls for the owners of the buildings, or the council, or anyone else for that matter, to do something about the state of the place.

Yesterday evening a group of volunteers, fed up with waiting for someone else to do the right thing, took matters into their own hands, armed themselves with brushes and rollers, and gave the place a lick of paint.

All it took was three hour’s work and a bit of public spirit. Job Done!

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Okay, the buildings are still in a shameful state, but at least now they look clean. Guests at the Fleadh might have a better impression of the town as a result and natives of this wonderful old borough can feel some pride of place.

Thanks are due to all involved and especially to Murtagh’s of the Fair Green for providing the paint free of charge.

Perhaps when the dust settles after the Fleadh, the Council and the owners of these eyesores will sit down and sort something out between them. Both parties have responsibilities in this matter. The owners must have some duty of care towards them.

The Council published its vision for the regeneration of the run-down Westgate area of Drogheda, focusing on Narrow West Street and its environs including the Old Abbey and Donaghy’s Mill in June.

They expect the “Westgate Vision” as it is called, to take ten years at least to come to fruition but that could just be wishful thinking.

Narrow West Street must get precedence in any plans. The buildings may not remain standing for another decade and, with all the goodwill in the world, a coat of paint, no matter how much it improves their appearance, is not going to secure the long term future of these buildings.

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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