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16/09/2021

Carlow Town centre is 'dying a bit' with the age profile 'going in the wrong direction'

Council say there is 'a lack of land in Carlow'

Carlow Town

Carlow Town Centre

Carlow Town centre is "dying a bit" with the age profile going in the wrong direction, a councillor has said. 

Cllr Fergal Browne made the remarks after he called on Carlow County Council to make it a policy to buy up land in Carlow Town to help develop the area. 

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Carlow Municipal District, he said "there has to be lands in the town or town centre that the Council can CPO or acquire" for development and there must be a policy of buying these lands. 

"The town centre is dying a bit and the age profile is going in the wrong direction," he added. 

Census 2016 found that there were 7,443 people aged between 45 and over 70 years old in the Carlow urban area. 

This compares with 9,755 people in the 20-44 age category. 

Housing Officer, Josephine Kavanagh, said there is "a lack of land in Carlow" and she can bring a list of lands owned by the Council to the next meeting. 

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