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Thursday 28 August 2014

Residents urged to rate their towns

SURVEY ASKS WHAT MAKES A GOOD TOWN

Published 28/08/2012 | 14:58

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RESIDENTS and stakeholders across Fingal are being urged to rate their local towns and have their say as to what makes a great town.

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As part of a major drive by Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) to help revitalise towns across the country, local people are being asked to complete a brief survey so it can gauge how both citizens and business owners feel their local town is performing. This measurement of town management performance is the second phase of the REI Town and City Management Framework, which was launched in July to help will revitalise towns and cities across Ireland. From this process, REI will publish the findings, disseminate best town management practice in Ireland and actively promote such practice in all towns and cities across Ireland.

The REI Town and City Management Framework has been created to provide guidance and motivation to all city and town stakeholders and encourage them to work together to design and implement a plan which will revitalise towns and cities, and which inturn will re-engage with citizens and customers alike. In Fingal, the major towns of Swords, Balbriggan, Skerries, Donabate and Malahide are all included. Just log on to the REI website, www.retailexcellence.ie to leave your views across a range of different categories. Stakeholders and citizens asked to rate their town in relation to car parking; presentatino of urban space; safety and security of environment; quality of retail stores, pubs and restaurants in the town; the performance of local government; and community and town identity. Residents are also asked additional questions on the reasons they visited a particular town, particularly in relation to car parking, public transport, streetscape, town's atmosphere and events.

David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer, Retail Excellence Ireland said: 'REI is committed to continuing to support and enhance the consumer retail experience by developing initiatives, such as this, and promote a vibrant and competitive world class retail industry in Ireland. I encourage everyone to get involved and complete this survey so the feedback can be used to rank Ireland's Top100 Towns and Cities and provide guidance as to what makes a town great.' This initiative is supported by the REI Town and City Management Committee and over 6,000 stores countrywide.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan said: 'I welcome this new initiative, developed by REI and leading retailers in Ireland, as it highlights some key recommendations which will help to reinvigorate towns and cities across Ireland. I would encourage all city and town stakeholders to get involved and use these key recommendations to improve the wellbeing of our towns and cities.' The framework offers an insight into practical measures that should be considered for implementation in towns and cities across Ireland. International experience has indicated that the implementation of even some of these recommendations will benefit all stakeholders.

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