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Press Release- City Centre Doctor Project

Kildare County Council today welcomed 25 European visitors to Naas for the City Centre Doctor Project. Ten cities from ten countries across Europe have formed a partnership to support each other with the revitalisation of their city centres.

They will be looking at all aspects affecting the city centres including congestion, retail offer, attractions and vibrancy as well as liveability and walkability. A major question will be how young people experience the city centre and how the centre can be a cool place to be for them.

All ten cities are located in the urban shadow of larger cities and have to compete to retain the local custom.

The cities are in alphabetical order:

  1. Amarante, Portugal
  2. Heerlen, Netherlands
  3. Idrija, Slovenia
  4. Medina del Campo, Spain
  5. Naas, Ireland
  6. Nort-sur-Erdre, France
  7. Petrinja, Croatia
  8. Radlin, Poland
  9. San Dona di Piave, Italy
  10. Valašské Meziříčí (Valmez), Czech Republic

The activities in the project will include:

  • Analysis of partner city centres
  • Transnational learning exchanges between cities
  • Collaboration between local stakeholders in development of local action plans for each city centre
  • Consultation and ideas generation with the business community, residents and consumers
  • Experimentation with pilot/beta actions.

The project is supported by the URBACT Programme, a transnational programme of the European Union to promote integrated sustainable urban development.

Kildare County Council is the host of the first event where all ten cities will meet up to plan their project.

Mayor of Naas Municipal District, Councillor James Lawless, and Chief Executive of Kildare County Council, Mr. Peter Carey, welcomed the visitors to Naas and reiterated their support of the project.


Ends                                                                                                  9 February 2016

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