Lusk for Life, first town centre plan is launched

by Rose Barrett
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Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien recently joined the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, to launch ‘Lusk for Life’, Fingal’s first town centre plan, writes Rose Barrett.

Lusk was one of twenty-six pilot Irish towns awarded funding to prepare a Town Centre First Plan under this national policy. Lusk for Life builds on the work of ‘Lusk Vision 2030’ which included an extensive and in-depth community engagement process. This included a public survey with over 750 respondents and multiple community workshops. In the development of Lusk for Life, the consultants worked closely with the Local Authority, the new Lusk Town Team, the local Community and local Businesses. 

Lusk for Life aims to make Lusk town centre a more attractive place to live, work, socialise, congregate, and run a business. It has a focus on developing local community amenities, supporting existing businesses, facilitating new business opportunities, tackling vacancy and dereliction, and developing underused spaces. The plan meets wider aims to help re-imagine and revitalise Lusk.

Lusk for Life includes actions to ensure Lusk town centre thrives. Actions include a wayfinding strategy connected to the historical past of Lusk, active travel plans and upgraded public realm to ensure a town centre that can serve the needs of future generations. Lusk for Life proposes to reinvigorate the town centre and the green areas within a short walking distance of the town core. 

Development of Lusk for Life was supported by FCC and the Department of Rural and Community Development under The Town Centre First national policy. 

PHOTOS – Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

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