Health checks findings for four Kildare Towns to be revealed

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Paula Campbell

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Health checks planned for four Kildare Towns

Kildare County Council's findings from a Town and Village Health Check on four Kildare Towns will be revealed over four evenings in November.

The town included are Prosperous, Clane, Kilcock and Maynooth. The findings will be presented by Cathal O’Meara Landscape Architects with support from Kildare Public Participation Network (PPN) who will represent the Health Check Outcomes and resulting Plan.

Prosperous will be delivered on November 13 at St. Farnans PPS at 7pm;  Clane on November 15 at Clane Parish Hall at 7pm;  Kilcock on November 21 at the scout hall at 7pm and Maynooth on November 28 at the Glen Royal Hotel at 7pm.           

Work on this plan took place over the summer of 2018, and featured shopper and trader surveys, footfall counts, vacancy and land use surveys and other primary research. This research was supplemented with two publicly attended workshops in each town.

As described in "A Framework for Town Centre Renewal", the Health Check process has a basis in retail planning. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government issued both the Retail Planning Guidelines and the Retail Design Manual in April 2012 to promote a plan led approach to retail development.

Planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála are now required to have regard to the guidelines in the performance of their functions under the Planning Acts.

According to the guidelines, town vitality and viability effectively rely on four qualities; accessibility, attraction and amenity supported by action

The guidelines advocate that town centres undergo a periodic and consistently measured “health check” assessing the balance of the four qualities. An initial Health Check should form the baseline against which future Health Checks are measured to review performance. Health Checks will then provide a good assessment of strengths and weaknesses to inform Local Authority programmes and locally driven actions plans.

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