Can A Sign Be A Monument To Progress?


The town of Bandon (in Ireland) has had its share of difficulties, capped by a devastating flood in November of 2009.  Last month, on the fourth anniversary of the flood, a town hall meeting was held to discuss the plan for redevelopment of the town.  Over the next two years, extensive excavation is planned prompting concerned citizens to call for a meeting to voice their concerns and have their say in how plans for redevelopment will progress.

After the Q&A forum, several people posited a continuing forum to address actions that will advance the betterment of the town of Bandon.  Westport, the three-time national Tidy Towns winner, was presented as a model to emulate, in part due to the many similarities it shares with Bandon. Prior to the late 1980s the town was troubled by “urban blight”, but due to its urban rejuvenation projects, it has become a poster child for redevelopment and reinvestment.  It is believed that the town’s 2000 Integrated Action Plan, combined with the unified efforts of public and private interests, was crucial in its successful turnaround.
One of the first initiatives of the plan was replacing hundreds of substantially unattractive signs with uniform bilingual ones requiring a license.  This highly visible improvement greatly increased the town’s confidence in the benefit to be derived from continuing to execute such improvements, which included streetscape enhancements (replacing PVC windows, installing new street furniture, repurposing old buildings, and allocating commercial units to the ground and residential units to their upper-stories, to build the local community core.)
Speakers at the recent town hall meeting hope that some of the initiatives which led to Westport becoming a “national exemplar”, such as transforming derelict properties, creating new pedestrian links and courtyards crisscrossing the town center, urban gardening, and streetscape enhancements, such as upgrading the town’s exterior building signage, may find their way into Bandon’s recovery plan.
About the author
Sita Cole has been a creative marketing manager for a number of years and specializes in creating custom business signs or logo. She has helped many clients design company signage and highly recommends a reliable sign manufacturing company like Blue Pond Signs. To learn more about custom business and monument signs, visit this website:


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