About Cittaslow Llangollen
Cittaslow grew out of the ‘Slow Food’ movement in Italy to encourage people to use local businesses and delight in local produce. Now it is a worldwide organisation and is a demonstration that a community is serious about sustainability – economic, social and environmental.
In some respects Cittaslow is rather like business certification schemes such as ISO 9000 and ‘Investors in People’. They reassure potential investors and customers that a business is well run and progressive. Similarly Cittaslow membership says a lot about a town and can be the key to unlocking funds from central government and the EU in support of local initiatives. Mold, the first Cittaslow town in Wales has benefited enormously.
Last year (2012) the town council decided that Cittaslow embodied many of the things that the council was trying to achieve with its Town Plan and decided to set up a working group to aim to become a Cittaslow town. The working group consists of four councillors and representatives from a wide range of community associations.
In August this year (2013) our bid was successful – now we need to work out how to use Cittaslow to make Llangollen an even better place to line in or to visit.
To find out more about Cittaslow in the UK and worldwide please see www.cittaslow.org.uk