One of the country's top architects will be giving a talk today to advise the council how to transform the back streets and town centre of Newbridge.
Councillors have pointed out these areas are in dire need of a facelift and significant investment to underground cables, fix footpaths and road surfaces and create public spaces. The National Transport Authority has indicated it would be willing to co-fund a plan. Kildare County Council has committed to drawing up a proposal to try and access that funding.
Simon Wall, architect with Mayo County Council, will be briefing local councillors on how Westport has developed over the last decade.
As well as winning the National Tidy Towns award on three separate occasions since 2001, the West of Ireland town has also claimed national awards as 'The Best Place to Live in Ireland' and an accolade for a public space and sculpture commissioned to celebrate the 'Best Place to Live' win.
Mr Wall will discuss aspects of how retail and commercial elements of Westport worked together with the Council in taking the initiative in transforming Westport to be a destination town.
Newbridge Tidy Towns Association and members of Kildare South Chamber were also invited to attend the talk.
The council said the presentation offers a valuable opportunity to “inform our approach to changes Newbridge will face, and how best to manage this transition to achieve best outcomes.”