In February 2020, nearly 700 members of the Thurles Community completed an on-line questionnaire to gather feedback on the issues and opportunities within Thurles. The questionnaire also explored how this community live, work, play, socialise and enjoy the town as part of a wider Town Centre Renewal Strategy commissioned by Tipperary County Council. The high response rate is a clear indicator of the strong community spirit within the town.
The aim of the Renewal Strategy is to create a thriving and vibrant town centre which will support the future growth of Thurles and meet the needs of residents, visitors and businesses. The strategy will be led by Thurles Municipal District, in partnership with the community and developed in accordance with the ‘Framework for Town Centre Renewal’ published by the Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation (see https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/A-Framework-for-Town-Centre-Renewal....)
Tipperary County Council and Environmental Consultancy LUC hosted two community engagement workshops in March 2020 to further support the engagement process in relation to the Renewal Strategy. These workshops provided a face-to-face opportunity for the Thurles Community to have their say on how the town develops for inclusion within the Strategy and looked at prioritising various themes including the economy, accessibility and travel, tourism and heritage, the built and natural environment, community cohesion and education. Both workshops were very well attended and supported the overwhelming response to the on-line questionnaire.
Here is a short video further summarising the initial community engagement.
It was intended to undertake the next stages of Community and Stakeholder engagement in May 2020 to gather further feedback on initial drafts of the Strategy, as well as an emerging Masterplan Concept for the Croke Street and Friar Street area.
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, the engagement programme is currently on hold. Inclusive, face-to-face engagement is very important to the development of the Renewal Strategy and therefore we still plan to undertake our planned Community and Stakeholder engagement events but at a later, appropriate date, and in accordance with Government advice. We will endeavour to update the local community on future engagement activities over the coming weeks and months.
Director of Services, Thurles Municipal District