The public is warmly invited to have their say on draft plans for the future of Carrickmacross Town Centre through a consultation process taking place between 30 November and 4 January 2024.
Carrickmacross is the first town in County Monaghan to participate in the national Town Centre First programme. This aims to create Town Centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.
The process for Carrickmacross has been led by a newly formed local Town Team with the support of Monaghan County Council and the assistance of consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company. To inform the plan a first round of public consultations took place in October 2023 with over 500 responses received.
Welcoming the launch, Cllr Aoife McCooey, Cathaoirleach of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District said “I am delighted to see this Draft Plan being launched today and would like to congratulate the Town Team for all their hard work to date. It is clear to me that together with the consultants, they have listened very carefully to the people of Carrickmacross and drawing upon their considerable knowledge of the town, have identified a series of compelling draft projects.”
The chair of the Town Team is local businessman Jim Hand. In launching the Draft Plan, Jim explained “We are now eager to hear again from everyone in Carrickmacross. We are inviting people to take a look at the draft plan and projects, to let us know what they think and to share their further ideas. It is very important that this plan reflects the priorities of local people, so please take this opportunity to help us get it right for the town”.
Once complete in 2024, the Town Centre First Plan be used to inform funding applications for project delivery by a range of parties, from the public, community and private sectors. It will also be used to guide future policy and decision making in relation to the town centre.
Plans will available to view:
At Carrickmacross Civic Offices
Consultation Responses via the survey can be made between
Thursday 30 November 2023, and
Thursday 4 January 2024
Drop in consultation event will be held at the following times and locations:
4pm – 8pm, Wednesday 6 December 2023, Carrickmacross Civic Offices
11am – 2pm, Thursday 14 December 2024, Market Square Shopping Centre
For further information please contact
Town Regeneration Officer,
1 Dublin Street, Monaghan.