'Long road ahead' but first steps taken towards reactivation of Cork towns

'Long road ahead' but first steps taken towards reactivation of Cork towns
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Ian Doyle (with, from left), Tim Lucey, Chief Executive, Cork Co. Co.; Noelle Desmond, Carrigaline Municipal District Officer; Ray Lee, proprieror, Centra, Charleville and Liz Maddox, chair of Cork County Older Persons Council at the launch of Project ACT ar Cork County Hall. Project ACT is a co-ordinated response across 23 towns in County Cork to support the business, retail and community sectors as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.Pic: Brian Lougheed

A collaborative community-led approach in 23 towns across Cork is key to dealing with the emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of the Town Teams under Project ACT, established to discuss ways to support businesses and communities affected by the virus, have now met.

Each meeting, attended by a range of local stakeholders, identified the key challenges facing their local town, in the context of restarting the local economy while also adapting to a new way of life.

The temporary redistribution of road space amongst motorists and pedestrians was also discussed, as was the usage of outdoor space, the need for temporary pedestrianisation measures, street furniture, repainting of pedestrian crossings, parking management and provision.

There was a considerable focus on supports for business also. The promotion of county towns and the need to make advance preparations for local festivals and events and how these might be managed in the context of the current restrictions was also discussed.

Speaking of the success of the initial engagement phase of Project ACT, Mayor of the County of Cork, Councillor Ian Doyle said: “There is a long road ahead, and it won’t be easy, but the key is a coordinated and collaborative approach in mapping the initial steps required to strengthen our towns.

“Our strength is in our communities as has been demonstrated time and again by the extraordinary local response to this crisis. As restrictions are eased, I am asking everyone to support their local businesses, continue to shop local and take another look at the amenities and facilities on your doorstep,” he added.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said: “Cork County Council will do all within its power to stimulate and encourage economic activity.”

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