Strokestown Town Team is making great inroads a year on from its foundation according to community activist and secretary of the Town Team Emmett Corcoran.
Speaking on behalf of Strokestown Town Team Mr. Corcoran explained “We are all really glad at the uptake the Town Team has seen over the past 12 months. It has brought together all the different community groups and re-invigorated and already vigorous community spirit. There are great hopes for what Strokestown can achieve by working together into the future.”
“We are looking to the future, with our emphasis focused largely on two pillars, the first on job creation and increasing employment and footfall in the town and the second being the revitalisation of the townscape,” commented Mr. Corcoran, Strokestown based Web Designer.
Mr. Corcoran continued “,This really is a great initiative by Roscommon County Council, the Town Team acts as a melting pot and the ideas that are generated, when implemented, will have a real lasting effect on the town. I would be confident of there being great things to come from the Town Team over the next few years.”
Emmett explained that “In the line of developing new businesses, helping create jobs and rejuvenating our fantastic heritage town’s landscape there is much planned. It will be by working with all the different community groups such as the SCDA, Tidy Towns, Traders Association, Social Services, Men’s Shed to name only a few that we will be able to achieve these goals.”
All the members of Strokestown Town Team meet regularly through-out the year and working groups are currently being developed for the coming year. “We are always looking for new members to help with the implementation of new projects. There is something for everyone, with a broad array of projects planned for the coming year so if you want to get involved all you have to do is get in touch. Everyone is welcome,” explained Town Team secretary Emmett Corcoran.
Last year Strokestown Town Team, by working with various community groups including the local Brother of Charity through “The Hub” Community Café, helped with the expansion of the Christmas lighting plan (Traders Association), the development of a Tourist Kiosk (Men’s Shed), funding a pop-up Christmas Shop (Strokestown Artists Group) but to name only a few projects.
In the coming year Strokestown is aiming to develop supports with-in the town to help start-up businesses with hot-desking facilities, and an innovative “retail incubator” which will be promoted in mid-2017, all going to plan. That is in addition to projects being carried out in conjunction with the tidy towns groups to implement significant town renewal measures and developing attractive public spaces.
“In the long term, we hope to develop the already healthy schedule of festivals the town hosts. Various different groups run festivals through-out the year. We have fantastic facilities and services and firmly believe that the town, when marketed with the right packages and message, can do much more on top of what we are already doing,” concluded the community activist.
Strokestown Town Team has general meetings monthly at the Percy French Hotel in Strokestown and you can contact the secretary on 089-2044040 or by email at Emmett@EmmettCorcoran.ie. Working groups are looking for volunteers to get involved to implement projects and these working groups, or “doing groups”, will be meeting to ensure projects are progressed. All are welcome to get involved and asked to get in touch if they have any questions.
Strokestown Town Team would like to give a special thanks to everyone who has contributed to the improvement of the town this year and over the years, and would like to extend Christmas Wishes to one and all, and hope that the People of Roscommon have a prosperous and happy 2017.
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