Town centre gets a health check

Yes Minister: Minister of State, Damien English (right) at a workshop on Town Centre Health Checks in Dublin Castle were Martha Farrell, IT Tralee, Noreen O’Mahony, Kerry County Council and Kevin Burns, Kerry County Council
Picture: Iain White

A NEW national training programme has been launched to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the critical role that town centres play and the impact they have on the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

Representatives from Kerry County Council, Tralee Chamber Alliance and IT Tralee, with support provided by the Heritage Council, have formed the Tralee Town Centre Health Check steering group and engaged in a collaborative process to achieve defined goals over the coming months.

With the cooperation of the business people and the public, a number of surveys have been conducted and analysed including behaviour and attitudes of shoppers, business owners’ perceptions, footfall and land use. The research will help to determine the vibrancy and vitality of the town centre which is a key objective of the Town Health Check programme.

Members of the steering group also attended two workshops they shared best practices and experiences with the other towns involved.

The group plans to publish a report of the survey findings in June 2017 which will provide the framework for further renewal of the county town.

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