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Groups Meet to Discuss Local Community Plans

01 March 2016

The next Community Planning phase begins this week in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area as organisations from across the district come together to develop their Local Community Plans.

In addition to the City and District-wide plan, the eight Local Community Plans will seek to address local needs at a local level. Each of the seven District Electoral Areas (DEAs) of the new Council area will have their own groups: The Moor, Foyleside, Ballyarnett, Waterside, Faughan, Derg and Sperrin. In addition there will be a separate group for Strabane Town.

As the discussions get underway, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, called for residents to engage with Community Planning at a local level. “I would really encourage as many residents as possible to take part in the local Community Planning process. Local people have a right to articulate the unique needs of their area and shape how public services are delivered at a local level.

“We understand that the majority of residents are busy during the day so we have arranged for the preliminary meeting to be held in the evening. We will also work to ensure participation right across the Council area by varying the location and time of each workshop so all residents have an opportunity to have their say on the future plans for their respective areas.”

It’s hoped that over a series of four workshops each group will agree effective action plans, including identifying the necessary partners and resources required to address social, economic and environmental issues at a local level.

There has been significant interest in Local Community Plans since Council launched the process in December 2015. To date over 400 people – including residents, community and voluntary organisations and businesses - have signed up to play their part.

Residents who cannot attend these sessions will still have an opportunity to put their views across by visiting www.derrystrabane.com/communityplanning and posting their input on the Community Planning forum.

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