Billy Timmins TD for Wicklow & East Carlow has said renewing towns will be at the heart of creating a more equal Ireland.
”Ireland currently has thirty towns with a population of more than 10,000 people.
RENUA Ireland believes these should become hubs for a recovery that will be a national one as distinct to being confined to Dublin and the East.
RENUA Ireland favours the use of the flat tax, capital gains tax and visa programmes to drive the development of businesses in the thirty towns or so with populations over 10,000 people.
For this to happen RENUA Ireland also wants towns to be given a template which will enable them to develop their latent potential.
Our plan is to roll out a Business Improvement District plan (BID) to the thirty towns in Ireland with populations in excess of 10,000 people.
An initiative like a BID can help drive smart town and city initiatives in conjunction with local authorities and other stakeholders.
Under the BID process a town’s business community band together to redevelop the town centre visually and in terms of basic amenities such as free Wifi access.
BIDs work. They improve the visual appearance of towns, help more businesses to open or expand and also generate increased footfall.
RENUA Ireland is proposing the development of a fund of €5m to drive this initiative over a four year period with three towns becoming eligible for selection by way of a competitive application process each quarter.
This fund will pay for the resources necessary to develop BIDs so that towns can thrive across Ireland.