The Town Team pi­lot scheme is un­der way

Bray People - - NEWS -

DISTRICT Ad­min­is­tra­tor David Forde ex­plained the ‘ Town Team’ to mem­bers at last week’s meet­ing.

In re­cent years Bray Town Coun­cil led a num­ber of ini­tia­tives such as the Town Re­ju­ve­na­tion Project, Bray Litter Task Force and Bray Eco­nomic Think Tank. All of these ini­tia­tives were aimed at en­hanc­ing the town and stim­u­lat­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

After much dis­cus­sion it was de­cided that the ob­vi­ous next step for Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil was to con­sider the for­ma­tion of a Town Team - based on a con­cept pro­posed by the UK Re­tail Ex­pert, Mary Por­tas.

The coun­cil is pi­lot­ing the new ini­tia­tive which fol­lows the UK stan­dard. This was rolled out by the lead­ing town cen­tre man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Town and City Man­age­ment (ATCM). Bray Town Cen­tre se­cured the pres­ti­gious Pur­ple Flag ac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2014 and suc­cess­fully re­newed it in 2015. Fund­ing will be made avail­able for fea­si­ble ap­proved projects that are iden­ti­fied by the Town Team.

Ex­am­ple projects that could be un­der­taken un­der this Town Team ini­tia­tive in­clude: A com­pre­hen­sive and free list­ing for ev­ery busi­ness within the district on ‘’; iden­ti­fy­ing pi­lot projects on town per­for­mance; a busi­ness plan for Bray; build­ing ap­pear­ances, car park­ing in­cen­tives, and more. One of the pri­mary ob­jec­tives of the Town Team ini­tia­tive is to en­cour­age more col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the lo­cal au­thor­ity and the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Part of the Town Team process will in­volve de­vel­op­ing a busi­ness plan for Bray and en­sur­ing unity of mes­sage and strat­egy for the town – in essence one voice from one team for our town. At the team’s re­cent meet­ing in March 2016 they dis­cussed items across the fol­low­ing four ar­eas:- Mar­ket­ing & Pro­mo­tion; In­fra­struc­ture & Public Realm; Fes­ti­val & Events, and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment.

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