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Pilot Town Update

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Opportunity Knocks

Representatives of the Carlow and Limerick Town Teams travelled to Dublin yesterday to kick start their Pilot Town projects.

John Brophy, PJ Hickson, Michael Brennan and Turlough O Brien met with the national steering committee and were given an overview of the processes and expected outcomes.

This project provides a real opportunity for Carlow and will provide important interventions for implementation in the Town Centre over the next 12 months.

In a nutshell, the primary issues afflicting Town Centres are issues such as

Out of town retail preference

Weakening town centre retail mix

Greater consumer mobility

Carparking charges and enforcement

Proactive management

Mixed landlord base


Consumer behaviour

Online competition

Planning Policy

The Pilot Town project will consider possible interventions that may be taken to renew Carlow Town Centre

The immediate step to be taken is the establishment of an effective partnership or Town team

Our Town team must embrace all strands of society, have a clear mandate and deliver on measureable actions

Let the work begin

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This programme is supported by Carlow County Enterprise Board

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Local Businesses Must Not Be Excluded From the Public Tendering Process

Carlow Chamber has called on the Government to ensure local firms are not excluded from public tendering processes. The call was made in a submission to the review of Local Government Sectoral Strategy to Promote Employment and Support Local Enterprise by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Chamber President John Brophy said, “It is vital that Local Authorities use the tendering process as an opportunity to support local business and realise its importance in terms of local job retention and growth. A recent High Court decision ruled that the Commissioners for Public Works were acting ultra vires by introducing a mandatory National Procurement Framework and recommending that all public bodies purchase supplies from centralised contractors rather than local businesses. The Government urgently needs to update its guidelines to ensure that local businesses are not excluded from tendering processes.”

“Government departments and agencies need to be more mindful of the positive outcomes of awarding tenders to locally based suppliers. Rather than applying a ‘value for money’ criteria based solely on lowest price, consideration must be given to the value produced to the national economy in terms of jobs retained and created, revenue increased and welfare costs reduced arising from awarding contracts.”

Other recommendations made by the Chamber in the submission include a targeted reduction in commercial rates for business in town centres, ensuring the Valuation (Amendment) (No 2) Bill is used as an opportunity to help business and increased collaboration between Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce.

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