Tipperary has a strong network of towns spread across the county, all of which have felt the effects of the downturn in economic activity to a greater or lesser extent. Tipperary County Council, as the new unified authority for Tipperary, identified a need to develop a coherent Town Centre Strategy to help restore vibrancy and vitality to the retail areas in the centre of the major towns.
Scope of the initiative
The towns of Clonmel, Nenagh, Thurles, Carrick-on-Suir, Roscrea, Tipperary, Cashel, Cahir and Templemore represent 40% of the population of Tipperary and the influence of these towns extends across the full county. This was considered an important fact in terms of focusing particular targeted attention to these centres.
Description of the Initiative
Experience from Ireland and abroad demonstrates the value of local partnerships in developing well-considered and effective solutions and this was at the core of the Town Centre Initiative (TCI). The success of measures to support town centres is predicated on facilitating a strong town centre partnership vision and strategy that takes account of the town people, economy, heritage, physical features and role within the wider network of town centres.
The initiative focused on two parallel approaches – facilitating town centre groups and consolidating a range of other council supports to town centres, backed by additional, innovative measures.