The report summarises the key findings from the 15-step Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC) Programme methodology, developed by the Heritage Council and its partners.
CTCHC Report 2020
Sligo Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC)
The key findings from Sligo’s first-ever CTCHC and baseline data will inform plans and strategies in relation to the following:
- Arts, Cultural Tourism, e.g. music, food, etc.
- Climate change adaptation
- Commerce / E Commerce and Enterprise
- Enabling infill development
- Heritage-led Regeneration
- Living in the Town Centre
- Public Realm, e.g. historic streetscapes, parks and public spaces
- Renewable Energy / Energy Harvesting
- Strategic Planning and Place-making
The CTCHC research focuses on a number of key areas:
- Land use in the historic town centre
- Consumers’ opinions and attitudes
- Business owners’ attitude toward the town centre
- Footfall in the historic town centre
- Movement and accessibility
Representatives from Sligo Business Improvement District (BID), Sligo County Council, IT Sligo, Sligo Chamber, with ongoing support provided by the Heritage Council’s CTCHC Co-ordinator, formed the Sligo CTCHC Steering Group and engaged in a collaborative process to achieve the goals set out by the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check 15-Step assessment process.
Changing demographics, lifestyles, travel to work patterns and consumer preferences are all impacting on the vitality and viability of our historic town centres. In addition, the available information about our historic town centres is limited in scope.
This summary report presents up-to-date research that will help inform our response to these challenges through existing and future operational programmes that support heritage-led urban and rural regeneration.
Sligo’s CTCHC research was undertaken during 2019 and 2020, following the recommended 15-Step Methodology set out by the CTCHC Programme.