Goals and Aspirations of the Dun Laoghaire Retail and Property Forum
From the outset one of the main objectives of the Retail and Property Forum was to create a forum which was pro-active and productive as opposed to a talking shop! Our first meeting was held at the DLR Lexicon on October 21st. It turned out to be an extremely productive meeting and was chaired by the Eason & Son Property Director Mr Cormac Kennedy.
It was agreed that we would establish a Retail and Property Charter for Dun Laoghaire. The buy-in of each retailer is essential to the success of revitalising the Dun Laoghaire area. It would provide consistency to the area of Dun Laoghaire and set standards which traders could work towards. Some spoke about attempting to set standards by entering the Tidy Towns Competition or learning from towns like Skibbereen in County Cork whom have created a rural digital hub with hopes of creating 500 jobs over the next five years. An ambitious goal but something which the forum agreed that Dun Laoghaire should aspire to.
In a bid to tackle the vacant units around the town we agreed to create a landlord register and to lobby each landlord individually to use decals in each window and the BID company would provide a key holding service to actively promote and attempt to let these vacant retail units around Dun Laoghaire. Given the successes with the occupation of the former M&S unit – the group also decided to draw up a survey and send it to each retailer in the town to establish what kind of new retailers they would like to attract to and how we can accomplish this.
The group as a whole set 15 actions to be completed by the next meeting in early 2016. The hope is to ensure that the ultimate goal of creating a more vibrant and sustainable economy in the greater Dun Laoghaire area is achieved sooner rather than later through each action point taken from each meeting.
The team at 180 Degrees Consultants continues to work with our client Dun Laoghaire BID Company.