It is accepted that the GIF projects can not be delivered in isolation. Long-term relationships have developed in the preparation of this submission. Through the consultation process the public and private sectors have supported the vision elements.
Delivery of the proposal elements will provide a stimulus to the development of Sligo as a Gateway. Through the provision of funding a clear message will be given by Government of the importance of Sligo as a Gateway. This, coupled with Local Authority commitment, will act as a catalyst for further development by both the public and private sector.
The potential delivery of the Eastern Bridge and approach roads in conjunction with Cleveragh Regional Park, while opening up the Cleveragh lands has allowed the local authority to commence a process of discussions to provide key social and educational infrastructure within the area. Furthermore, the agreement in principle of the Race Course Company to relocate out of the city has added impetus to the scale and deliverability of the Cranmore Regeneration project. In addition, the delivery of the Eastern Bridge and approach roads offers potential for both public and private sector investment. Negotiations are underway for the private sector to provide the necessary lands for the bridge from existing underdeveloped land banks.
The pedestrianisation of O’Connell Street has been achieved. Delivery of the enhancement project involves a partnership between the traders and the local authority. This will be supported through the implementation of a Town Management structure (new to the city). The structure will be developed in line with the Business Improvement District (BID) legislation (2006), allowing for implementation of a BID in the future, if required.
The development of the Cultural Quarter in Sligo will deliver an iconic cultural product for the region and support the development of creative industries in the city. Creativity and innovation have always been the life blood of cities and regions, and industries whose foundation is in creativity and innovation play a significant role in the development of a city’s profile, development and overall city economy.
The stimulus will be maintained through the achievement of key milestones and targets. The achievement of these milestones will be closely monitored by a Gateway Steering Committee. This work will be supported by a planning and action programme for the ongoing development of the city.