The people of Kilcullen were invited to attend an open meeting in the Town Hall last Saturday to give their views on a range of areas which affect them in their daily life in the town.
A door-to-door survey was carried out by researchers in the past few weeks and residents who were not part of this were given the opportunity to have their voice heard on Saturday.
People who came along were given a confidential questionnaire to fill in which asking questions about their life in Kilcullen, what they thought was good about the town, what they would like to see improved and how they might be part of those positive developments.
A steady stream of local people came to Kilcullen’s Town Hall throughout the morning to have their say and all were very appreciative of the process.
Some of the strong themes coming through from surveys completed so far is the need for affordable childcare for people who want to get back to work and training and the need for a day centre for older people.
As well as Saturday’s exercise and the door to door survey, the project, which was managed by Kilcullen Community Action, used a range of methods to gather information from the local community including an on-line survey for young people as well as information gathered from community groups, clubs and businesses.
Statutory agencies whose services have an impact on Kilcullen will also be interviewed.
“This is a very opportune time to undertake such a survey,” Orla O’Neill from KCA explained.
“There are HSE plans for a primary care centre in Kilcullen and local people can play a central role in ensuring this goes ahead and that it has adequate facilities for older people.
“In addition plans by a local voluntary organisation to build a state-of-the-art childcare and family centre through funding from the Rural Development Programme and Kildare County Council will greatly enhance the ability of local families to get affordable childcare in order to take up training and employment as opportunities come up for them over the course of the next few years.”
A public meeting will be held in January 2012 when the entire community will have a chance to input into the final plan.
It is hoped the finished plan will allow Kilcullen to have an integrated approach to its social and economic development. The survey is funded by the Rural Development Programme through County Kildare Leader Partnership and some local fundraising.
Support has also been given by Kilcullen Credit Union.