Mitchels Boherbee Community Regeneration Project
In 2004, Tralee Town Council identified the Mitchels/Boherbee area of the town as being in need of major regeneration to deal with the underlying physical, economic and social problems that have affected the area to an increasing extent in recent years.
The Mitchels Regeneration Area includes the following housing estates; Mitchels Crescent, St Martins Park, Mitchels Road, Mitchels Avenue, Mitchels Court, Hawley Park, Kevin Barry Villas/Garry Ruth, New and Old Marian Park, Deans Lane, Boherbee, Urban Tce, and St Patricks Bungalows.
The Mitchels Regeneration Steering Committee is a partnership structure representing Local Government, Local Development, State Agencies, Social Partners, Elected Representatives and Residents coming together to develop a Strategic Regeneration /Implementation Plan for the area
County Manager, Kerry County Council , Elected Members of Kerry County Council, Representatives of H.S.E. Southern Area, Gardai, St. Brigids Community Centre, NEKWD , Kerry Education Training Board Service, TTC, Kerry Travellers Health and Community Development Project, KDYS, Community Representatives of the Regeneration Area make up the membership of the project
ROLE OF MITCHELS REGENERATION STEERING COMMITTEE
- To take overall responsibility for the planning and implementation of the Regeneration Plan.
- To ensure that an appropriate plan is developed and implemented with agreed and realistic targets.
- To support and enable the work of the task/working groups which will include additional stakeholders relevant to the specific task.
- To ensure appropriate community/agency input into the development/implementation of the plan.
- To review and monitor regularly.
The Steering Committee and the Community Participation Task Group in its work seek to embody the following key principles.
Building on existing structures: The Regeneration Steering Committee intends, to where possible ,build on existing local structures both in the development and implementation of the Regeneration Programme.
Community participation and local ownership: The Regeneration Committee operates in an inclusive and open manner, with the Community participating in the process – the structures have been designed to allow appropriate community participation.
Promotion of Strategic and Action Planning: The Regeneration Committee provides a practical mechanism to ensure agencies and communities work together to develop a thorough understanding of communities’ needs and ambitions and to develop integrated solutions to meet these needs. Within the area effort is to be focused on examining current service provision in order to define methods by which this provision can be improved.
Equality: The overall concept of equality must be accepted and included in the work of the steering group.
Community Participation Task Group
An overarching principle of the Mitchel’s Regeneration is community participation and local ownership. Community Representatives are represented from the following areas;
1. Mitchels Crescent,
2. St.Martins Park,
3. Mitchels Court,
4. Mitchels Avenue,
5. Hawley Park,
6. Kevin Barry Villas,
7. New and Old Marian Park,
8. Mitchels Rd,
9. Urban Tce/Boherbue,
10. Moyderwell/Deans Lane,
11. Croi Lar na Misteallaigh
A Community Participation Task Group was set up in 2004. This group is coordinated by the Community Work Department of HSE and includes most importantly the elected community Reps from each area, Kerry County Council Staff, St Brigid’s F.R.C, Kerry Travellers Development Project, NEKWD, KDYS , Gardai.
The Task Group aims to support community participation in the consultation, planning and implementation phases of the regeneration project. A Community Participation Task Group was set up in October 2004
Community Reps were selected through a public consultation and election process which was agreed by Residents Associations. Each area had both have a Main & Sub Community Rep.
The Group meet on a regular basis.