A survey of the town is been carried out and we urge people to fill out a very short questionnaire. Click HERE to complete the survey
The City Centre Doctor Project supports the citizens of the smaller cities/towns to work in an integrated way to develop pragmatic solutions and plans that are sustainable for the revitalisation of their city/town.
Centres of towns/smaller cities which offer a good mix of economic, social and physical environments attract people to work, visit and live there. When the centre of our town/city is alive and attractive, more people want to live in town, all age categories want to spend more of their leisure time and as a result people build up relationships and emotional connections with their urban neighbours.
In previous times, the catchment population depended on their town/city centre for work, social, cultural and commercial activity. In recent decades, as connectivity and mobility have increased, town/city centres have to deal with many challenges in order to survive and thrive. As a result, the town centres have deteriorated considerably from a commercial and social perspective. In particular, towns/ cities located in the commuter zone, adjacent to large cities are affected by specific challenges.
Naas is a clear example of a town affected by the above circumstances.
Naas, can be resilient and prosperous again in the ‘shadow’ of Dublin. The revival of Naas as a significant “ Town” in its own right and with its own identity will be achieved when all the stakeholders interests (Business; Community; Local Authority; Cultural/Heritage Organisations) work together and build a trusting relationship for the revitalisation of the town.
This outlines the purpose of the URBACT – City Centre Doctor Project. There are 9 partner cities/ towns with similar challenges. Each town/city has set up an URBACT Local Group – The Town Revival Team. With our European partners, we build relationships, we share experiences and good practice on how to address challenges, we learn together and prepare a Sustainable Strategic Plan for each our towns. In the meantime, there are “ quick win” projects and smaller initiatives which can be delivered.
San Donà di Piave, Italy (Lead Partner); Idrija, Slovenia; Petrinja, Croatia; Val Mez, Czech Republic; Radlin ,Poland; Naas, Ireland; Heerlen, Netherlands; Nort-sur-Erdre, France; Amarante, Portugal
The activities in the project will include:
- Analysis of partner city centres
- Transnational learning exchanges between cities
- Collaboration between local stakeholders in development of local action plans for each city centre
- Consultation and ideas generation with the business community, residents and consumers
- Experimentation with pilot/beta actions
More details can be found thru this link www.urbact.eu