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Community Planning Event at NWRC A Huge Success

30 April 2015

Over 150 students from both the Derry and Strabane campuses of North West Regional College gathered today in the Student Zone to hear about one of the most significant new powers of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Community Planning.  

Students at the North West Regional College learnt this week how getting involved with the Community Plan will give them a greater say in how services are delivered. Community Planning is an opportunity for everyone to have their say in how Derry City and Strabane District should be shaped going forward.

Students studying a range of subjects including business, journalism and hair and beauty got the chance to meet key figures of the new Council and pose their questions directly. The session involved input from the Mayor, Cllr Elisha McCallion, Chief Executive, John Kelpie and Director of Business and Culture, Stephen Gillespie.

Questions addressed during the event included topics focussed on the needs of young people including, how the Council could create more job opportunities for school leavers, how leisure facilities across the Council area could be improved and what the Council is doing to bring more festivals and major events to the North-West. Students also posed questions on the new transferring powers such as off street parking.

Mayor Elisha McCallion was encouraged by both the attendance at the event and the students’ participation and expects the younger residents of this Council to play their part in the Community Plan.

She said: “‘Today was a great opportunity to sit with some of the students of the North West Regional College and listen to what’s important to them. The level of input throughout the event was great. We had questions from the floor, comments written on flip-charts around the room, as well as posts on social media. As a result of this event, I hope the young people will have a better understanding about the community planning process.”

The Mayor spoke of her hope for the younger residents to participate. “I got a real sense of excitement from the event that the younger residents of this Council willingly wish to engage in the process and that’s fantastic as they will ultimately benefit most from this plan given that it focuses primarily on long term objectives,” she added.

The Community Plan is open to everyone and anyone can join in. Registrations are live now to sign up to any of the following groups: Community Development; Early Intervention; Health & Wellbeing; Education & Skills; Entrepreneurship & Enterprise; Tourism Arts & Culture; Physical Regeneration; Infrastructure & Transport. The registrations will close on 8th May with the launch event taking place on Thursday 4th June at the Everglades Hotel.   

For further information on how to get involved in the Community Planning Process for Derry City and Strabane District Council, visit the new website: www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or email [email protected]


Further press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 02871 376504.