Sense of Place Study
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A project to create a recipe for a prosperous future for Mold will be launched at the town’s Food and Drink Festival in September 2009. The first step will be to persuade local residents to put Mold under the microscope by identifying what’s best about the Town, the first in Wales to sign up to Cittaslow, an international network of small towns committed to improving the quality of their environment.
Rural development agency Cadwyn Clwyd are promoting a Sense of Place Study which will be launched at the Festival on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 19th / 20th September.
Cadwyn Clwyd have teamed up with Flintshire County Council and Mold Town Council to fund the Mold Study, the first of its type in North Wales. It is being part-funded by the EU Rural Development Plan for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The man in charge of the Study is Nathan Blanchard, Director of Heritage Initiatives, who masterminded the award-winning Townscape Heritage Initiative to regenerate historic properties in Denbigh. His team includes experts on town centre regeneration, urban design and development.
This project goes much further said Nathan: “It aims to ensure the future success of the town and for that we need to enlist the support of the townspeople. Mold has a great deal going for it and some major focal points such as its historic Bailey Hill, its culture in the shape of author Daniel Owen and its thriving markets. They all make it a busy and successful town that has managed to buck the recession so there is still a vibrancy and vitality about Mold".
Nathan continued: "Mold is well served by local roads and it has a broad retail offer with a good mix of small independent shops. That means it is neither a ghost town of empty and boarded up shops nor another ‘clone’ town with the usual line-up of national retailers on its High Street – it has something unique to offer. What we need to do is to get local people to recognise what they’ve got and get involved in ways to ensure its successful future.” The first step will be at the Food and Drink Festival where the Study will be launched with a questionnaire available for townspeople and visitors to complete.
Keira Derbyshire, Flintshire Sense of Place Project Officer, said: “We do want to be aspirational but we want to get value for money too by finding small changes that can be made that have a big impact.
We want local people to get involved by identifying what makes Mold special and we want people to respond and to think about their town.” The questionnaire will be available at the Festival and will shortly be also on-line. There will be an extra incentive for taking part - a draw for a meal for two at one of the town’s best restaurants, and the business of making things happen will start soon after with a series of planned workshops involving local people to identify ways of making a town’s dreams come true. “We’re looking for a vision,” Nathan Blanchard added: “We want people to consider where they want Mold to be in ten years time and what we need to do to make that happen. We want to maintain and encourage the things that are best about Mold, its vibrant local businesses, its friendliness, its fine buildings and public spaces, its culture and history.
Sense of Place is very innovative because it looks at such a broad range of issues and aims to help and support local businesses”. The Study will complement the Town Action Plan initiative being promoted by Flintshire County Council which seeks to revitalise all seven market towns in the County.
The Study will complement the Town Action Plan initiative being promoted by Flintshire County Council which seeks to revitalise all seven market towns in the County.
Anyone interested in Cadwyn Clwyd’s Mold Sense of Place Project can contact Keira Derbyshire on 01824 705802 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org