Launch of Longford 2024: A Town Centre First Strategy takes place

Sets out a plan for the revitalisation of Longford Town 

Press Release: 3 June 2024 

Longford County Council is pleased to announce the official launch of Longford 2040: A Town Centre First Strategy, an ambitious plan that sets out a pathway for the revival and revitalisation of Longford Town. 

This new strategy is informed by public consultation and the work of the Longford Town Team. Formed in 2023, the Town Team includes many local people and representatives from Longford Town businesses and community organisations. 

The new strategy identifies nine transformational proposals which aim to improve Longford Town for residents, visitors, businesses, and workers. These proposals cover various themes including improving the public realm, plans for Connolly Barracks, tackling vacant buildings and dereliction and improved transport links.  

Consultants S3 Solutions were appointed to prepare this new Town Centre First Strategy for Longford Town. S3 Solutions worked with the Longford Town Team and the Town Regeneration Officer to carry out public consultations which informed this strategy. 

Longford 2024: A Town Centre First Strategy is informed by the national Town Centre First Policy which considers engagement with local people, businesses, and community organisations to be central to the future development of our towns. This is also aligned to the Governments national Our Rural Future: Rural Development Policy 2021-2025, which outlines the national vision for regeneration and development of rural towns and villages.  

Longford Town Team Chair Cllr Gerry Warnock said, “On behalf of the Longford Town Team, I welcome the publication of the Longford Town Centre First Strategy. This strategy is the culmination of many months of stakeholder collaboration and public consultation. It is an exciting blueprint for the revival and revitalisation of our county town. This working document has targeted objectives and timelines. I look forward to its ambitious goals being realised over the next number of years.”

Longford County Council Town Regeneration Officer Lorraine O’Connor said, “I am delighted today to be part of the launch of the Longford Town Centre First Strategy and credit must go to the Town Team for the way they engaged in the process. The Town Centre First Strategy now sets out a positive vision for the regeneration of Longford Town and I look forward to working with the Town Team to implement the projects identified in the strategy.”

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