Clare Market Towns: Town Teams and Town Development Plans for Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scariff
Future Analytics Consulting Ltd are delighted to be working with the Clare Local Development Company (CLDC), and the three County Clare towns of Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scariff over the next 3-years, as we support them in the formation of Town Teams and the creation and implementation of their socio-economic town development plans.
CLDC and the three towns have put in a huge amount of work over the last 18-months to secure LEADER funding of €141,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development, towards the creation of the development Town Team training programme for each town. Each Town Team will be a representative structure within their communities, made up of local volunteers from a wide variety of interests including community and business interests, all of whom share a common goal of improving and promoting their local town and surrounding environs. Each Town Team will work actively and effectively with the local community to guide the implementation of the town development plans. These plans will help to enhance and revitalise each of the towns, through dedicated initiatives directed at economic development, retail, community, culture, heritage, arts, sport, recreation etc., contributing to more attractive, positive places to live, work and visit.
For FAC, this is a really exciting project to be part of and it represents a fantastic opportunity for each of the communities of Ennistymon, Kilrush and Scarrif, as it encourages local community members to actively participate in the future development of their towns. This is particularly important in light of the social and economic challenges experienced by each of these communities during the recession, and which are still experiencing the consequences of unemployment, emigration, cut backs in key local services, and economic austerity.
This week saw the first round of public consultation meetings held in each respective town. There was a great attendance on each of the evenings and very positive engagement from those attending and participating, providing local knowledge and innovative ideas for potential new projects and actions.
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