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This is a brand new podcast from the Heritage Council and Partners, which aims to engage practitioners, stakeholders, civic leaders and community groups in a ‘collective discussion’ on the key issues facing our town centres today and to explore innovative and collaborative solutions at a local, regional, national and international level.

 

A Podcast for the CTCHC Programme is much-needed in Ireland as the recent Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our town centres and has created a ‘cultural shift’ in patterns and trends in relation to how we live and consume. In addition, the CTCHC Programme research has clearly demonstrated that many of our town centres were struggling before the pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic has also presented significant opportunities for small towns to attract people who can now work from home using Wi-fi – hence, reducing their daily commute and enhancing their overall quality of life.

Putting Town Centres First The Heritage Council

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    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

This is a brand new podcast from the Heritage Council and Partners, which aims to engage practitioners, stakeholders, civic leaders and community groups in a ‘collective discussion’ on the key issues facing our town centres today and to explore innovative and collaborative solutions at a local, regional, national and international level.

 

A Podcast for the CTCHC Programme is much-needed in Ireland as the recent Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our town centres and has created a ‘cultural shift’ in patterns and trends in relation to how we live and consume. In addition, the CTCHC Programme research has clearly demonstrated that many of our town centres were struggling before the pandemic. At the same time, the pandemic has also presented significant opportunities for small towns to attract people who can now work from home using Wi-fi – hence, reducing their daily commute and enhancing their overall quality of life.

    A Christmas wish for our historic Town Centres in Ireland

    A Christmas wish for our historic Town Centres in Ireland

    The Heritage Council thanks all its new podcast listeners for supporting the CTCHC Podcast series over the last five weeks – this is the first-ever podcast series from the Heritage Council! We, and all the wonderful podcast speakers involved, are absolutely thrilled by the online activity of sharing, along with all the lively feedback and comments from everyone in Ireland and from our Diaspora around the world who have a love of their homeplace. As a way of a huge thank you for your support, we have created a bonus Christmas podcast episode, which sets out a suite of measures and actions that could be introduced to support the regeneration and recovery of our historic town centres in Ireland….
     
    We hope you enjoy this bonus episode and from everyone in the CTCHC Podcast Team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year…Putting Town Centres First Podcast Page Collaborative Town centre Health Check Programme This podcast is supported by the heritage council. 

    • 22 min
    Jamie McNamara focuses on Ireland’s historic town centres as a wonderful opportunity for traditional skills employment and increased housing supply

    Jamie McNamara focuses on Ireland’s historic town centres as a wonderful opportunity for traditional skills employment and increased housing supply

    In this Episode, Alison speaks to Jamie McNamara from SPAB. Jamie shares insights into the Heritage sector in Scotland, and the differences between it and the Irish model. Jamie talks about conservation and repurposing systems in Scotland and how they compare to Ireland’s. The two discuss the role of the Irish Diaspora in advancing the conservation sector and industry in Ireland. Jamie calls for a national taskforce for a renaissance of traditional skill sin Ireland.  
    Jamie also speaks about the City Heritage Trusts in Scottish Cities and their funding and benefits, and potential outcomes of the Irish-Scottish bi-lateral agreement in terms of learning from our peers.  


    Heritage sector generated over £4bn for Scotland’s economy in 2017-18

    Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

    This podcast is supported by The Heritage Council. 

    • 36 min
    Mark Dearey highlights the need for national support for BID-type structures in Ireland as part of town centre recovery

    Mark Dearey highlights the need for national support for BID-type structures in Ireland as part of town centre recovery

    In this Episode, Alison speaks to Mark Dearey former Senator and LA Councillor, and current Chair of Dundalk Business Improvement District (BID). Mark speaks about his historic connection to, and passion for, Dundalk Town Centre, and his ongoing involvement in Dundalk BID. Mark discusses why BIDs are under-developed and under-supported in the Republic of Ireland compared to other EU Member States. The two speak about the Dundalk CTCHC Report (2019) and how it has helped by providing a quantitative and qualitative baseline analysis for the town centre in terms of vacancy rates, occupancy rates, footfall, and how residents feel about the town. Mark also highlights how the CTCHC process brought together people from different backgrounds, along with the observations from a Dutch Delegation of Provinces who visited for the Dundalk CTCHC Report’s ministerial launch.   
    The two discuss the need to reuse existing building stock, the renovation wave in Europe, and the Bauhaus philosophy of sustainable urban living. 
      Dundalk Town Centre Health Check

    Local Government (Business Improvement Districts) Act 2006

    This podcast is supported by the Heritage Council. 

    • 34 min
    Nicki Matthews talks about how to re-imagine, re-use and repair traditional buildings in Ireland’s historic town centres

    Nicki Matthews talks about how to re-imagine, re-use and repair traditional buildings in Ireland’s historic town centres

    In this episode, Alison speaks to Nicki Matthews, who is a Senior Architect in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and a former conservation officer. Nicki speaks passionately about the need to enable, repurpose and unlock the potential of our vacant built heritage and building stock in town centres. Nicki talks about the heritage-led revitalisation strategy of Dublin’s Aungier Street, and the emerging National Policy on Architecture. The two discuss European policies that could be exemplars for town centre management and renewal in Ireland, and Nicki highlights the setting up of the inter-departmental town centre first working group, the importance of collaboration and working in a holistic way with multidisciplinary teams at all levels to achieve joined up thinking and planning.  

    Working with an Older Building
    RIAI launches Town and Village Toolkit to support the revitalisation of Irish towns as great places to live and work
    This podcast is supported by the Heritage Council. 

    • 33 min
    Ian Talbot calls for a new era of town centre living and the need to create sustainable towns and communities as part of the post pandemic recovery

    Ian Talbot calls for a new era of town centre living and the need to create sustainable towns and communities as part of the post pandemic recovery

    In this episode, Alison speaks to Ian Talbot, CEO of Chambers Ireland. Ian shares the history and heritage of the organisation, an insight into their work and their focus on town centre renewal, and the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 11, which supports Sustainable Cities and Communities. Ian highlights the need for a Department of the Taoiseach-led National Task Force or Working Group to design and implement the Programme for Government’s Town Centre First Policy at the highest level, as he feels that town centres cover all aspects of Irish society and the economy. Ian also talks about the importance of ‘livable towns’, and the need for a National Urban Living Initiative. The two discuss the increase of Irish retail SMEs now trading online, and Ian gives sound advice on how to support the economy, our historic town centres and how to shop responsibly this Christmas, while still staying safe.   Places Matter- Chamber Guide to Best Practice in Local Economic Development 
      

    Sustainable Cities and Communities 

    This podcast is supported by the Heritage Council.   
     

    • 33 min
    Orla Murphy urges Ireland to embrace the President of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen’s recent call for a new Bauhaus Movement in Europe

    Orla Murphy urges Ireland to embrace the President of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen’s recent call for a new Bauhaus Movement in Europe

    In this episode, Alison speaks to Orla Murphy who is an architect, TV presenter, and University lecturer. Orla shares insight on her book, ‘Town: Origins, Morphology and Future’ and accompanying animated film made as an output of her two-year research project. Orla speaks about her experience as co-curator of The Irish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale entitled ‘Free Market’, and its subsequent National Tour in 2019. Orla also discusses the need for a greater understanding of what makes our towns unique, including character and sense of place. The two discuss the need for a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to town centre management, and Orla shares her hopes for the future of decarbonised Irish towns and town centres as instigated by the European Green Deal and Ursula Von Der Leyen’s recent call to create a new Bauhaus Movement for Europe. Free MarketTown - animated video 
    This podcast is supported by the Heritage council.   
     

    • 34 min

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