Many properties in Cockermouth that were damaged in the November 2009 floods now have a fresh new look thanks to the use of Keim Mineral Paints.
Allerdale Borough Council teamed up with Keim Mineral Paints Ltd to offer support and advice on external paints which not only improve the appearance of buildings but also provide greater protection from the elements.
During the regeneration, Councillor George Scott, Allerdale Borough Council's Executive member responsible for Economic Development, said: "We're delighted we've been able to secure even more support for those in our communities who are still struggling to get over the long-term effects of the floods."
Keim Mineral Paints developed a range of colours to reflect Cockermouth’s heritage and create a pleasant environment in the town. The company is also offering free professional advice to property owners to make sure that they choose the right paint for their properties which complements the colour scheme of neighbouring buildings. A Keim representative will carry out a site-inspection and advise on the best paint specifications given the characteristics of the individual property.
Paul Milligan, Technical Adviser and Northern Regional Sales Manager for Keim Mineral Paints Ltd, said: "We all need to take action to help in the wake of the Cockermouth disaster as the devastation was overwhelming. We want to make it one of our priorities to do what we can. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be able to support the town's recovery and are determined to work with the community to do this. The community spirit is immeasurable – the way people are working together to rebuild their lives is something to be really proud of, and it's something we want to be part of."
Jonty Chippendale, Chairman of the Cockermouth Chamber of Trade, said: "with the shop fronts scheme, it will make a real difference to the look of Cockermouth. My own shop – The Toy Shop – will be one of the first to take advantage of it."
Darren Ward, of the Cockermouth and District Civic Trust, said: "This allows us to extend our aims to enhance Cockermouth town centre to include not just the betterment of shop fronts but also improvements to the whole building facades. Dramatic examples of how colour can change the appearance of a street are already noticeable in Main Street and Market Place. This is a significant opportunity to create a joyful and truly inspiring town centre.
Keim Mineral Paints have been used on the new Strolling4Shoes shop on the corner of Station Street