Castleblayney Community Survey 2021

Castleblayney Tidy Towns are currently working alongside other community organisations to develop a Community Audit for Castleblayney. It is hoped that this audit will give an invaluable insight into the wants and needs of the local community, and will allow groups to identify and plan projects that can benefit as many people as possible.

As there is no funding to deliver this audit, a committee of almost 20 volunteers has been formed to develop the project. A major part of the audit will be a ‘Community Survey’, and the committee wants as many people as possible who live, work or spend time in Castleblayney to participate in the survey. The survey is looking for people’s views on a range of issues, including Castleblayney Town, Health & Wellbeing, and Lough Muckno. ‘We consider the Castleblayney Community to be everyone who lives, works or accesses services and amenities in the town. The Community includes business owners, traders, property owners and tenants. It is the older people, families and young children who shop, visit and spend time in Castleblayney. It is the people who live in the urban area, and the people who live in the rural communities and areas who consider Castleblayney to be their town’, said Pat Merrick, Chairperson of the Committee, ‘and we want all of them to share their views with us through this survey.

The survey has been developed by representatives from a range of organisations in Castleblayney, with input from over 72 local community groups and organisations considered when developing the questions. ‘There has been a huge local support for the proposed audit to date, and it reflects the very strong community spirit that exists in Castleblayney. On behalf of the committee I want to thank everyone who has been involved so far and who has given of their time and skills freely. We also want to thank the Municipal District of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney for their support’ said Pat Merrick, Chairperson of the Audit Committee.

The results of the Survey will be collated into a Community Audit Report, which can be used to inform and provide backup for funding applications and projects that can benefit the whole town. Once published, the Audit Report will be made publicly available to be used by any individuals, groups or organisations to assess the needs of the Community.

The Survey can be completed throughout the month of May, and is available online through SurveyMonkey; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJSQKDC. Links to the survey will be shared widely via social media and by email, and everyone is asked to tag friends or pass the link on anyone who may be interested in participating.

Paper copies of the survey are also to be made available in Castleblayney Post Office for people who do not have access to the internet or who cannot use online technology. The committee will also be making special efforts to get foreign nationals and migrants to Castleblayney to participate and share their views, as well as organising a separate survey for secondary school students.