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April 11, 2012

Kilcock’s Research & Action Plan to be launched April 17

Launch by Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Michael Nolan - Tuesday 17th April -5.00pm

michael-nolan.jpg The Mayor of Kildare will launch the Integrated Services Programme Research and Action Plan for Kilcock Town on Tuesday at 5pm in Scoil Choca Naofa, Kilcock.

An initiative of Kildare County Development, the Integrated Services Programme (ISP) is a town development initiative designed to convert the policies and representation of the County Development Board into an evidence based action plan.  Established initially in 2010 in Kildare Town, the ISP expanded into Kilcock in 2011 and will today launch the first phase of the two year programme in terms of social, economic, cultural & recreational services.

This ISP action plan for Kilcock is based on the evidence gained through extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders across the statutory, business and community / voluntary sectors including open forums and online surveys with residents of Kilcock combined with reviews of relevant agency and organisational strategic plans and planning documentation.

The vision of the plan is to support Kilcock through collaborative working to become a sustainable and socially cohesive community which meets the health, employment, education, safety, infrastructural, recreation and cultural needs of all residents.

Research and planning was carried out by Burtenshaw Kenny Associates between September and December 2011 and covered each of the following areas:

• Health services
• Community facilities
• Infrastructure and transport
• Enterprise and employment
• Education and training
• Safety
• Social cohesion
• Culture, heritage and tourism

At the heart of the ISP in Kilcock is the Project Implementation Team (PIT) which examines how cohesion between community, business, statutory and non-statutory agencies can be applied to the town.  Membership of the PIT includes senior representatives from community, business, statutory and non-statutory agencies. PIT Membership:

• Ray Dully Kilcock Community Network (Chair)
• John Ryan Kilcock Community Network
• Tara Lane Kilcock Business Association
• Inspector Paul Dolan An Garda Siochana
• Mary Keane County Kildare LEADER Partnership
• Jonathan Deane Kildare County Council
• Siobhan McCauley VEC
• Siobhan Murphy HSE
• Lisa Baggott South West Regional Drugs Task Force
• John Costello FÁS

The report reflects a broad range of actions under the headings Health Services, Community Facilities, Enterprise & employment etc, with priority going to;

• Health Services
• Community Facilities
• Enterprise & Employment Actions