Last call to register for Community Plan
05 May 2015
If you would like a say in how services are delivered in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, there is still time to get involved in the Council’s Community Plan with registration remaining open until Friday, May 8th.
Community planning is one of the most significant new powers of Derry City and Strabane District Council and local people are invited to register for one of the eight priority areas identified to improve the overall social, economic and environmental well-being of those living in the Council area.
Council Chief Executive, John Kelpie, has pledged that community planning will be at the heart of everything the Council does, and has urged people to get involved in the process.
“The Community Plan will be aimed at improving the co-ordination, planning and delivery of services for the development of the city and district and will be a priority for Derry City and Strabane District Council,” he stressed.
“The Community Plan will address the specific needs, inequalities or challenges identified in each of the eight priority areas. This will inform the Council’s Corporate Plan, which in turn will create the long term vision for this Council area.
“This is an exciting opportunity for people and local businesses to have their say about how this Council area should be shaped, so it is important that people living and working in the area contribute to the process.”
He concluded: “There are many challenges ahead but there are also many opportunities. Working and planning in partnership with local businesses, community and voluntary groups, members of the public and strategic partners will give us greater expertise and additional resources.
“Listening to what people say about how local services should be delivered will help us to work together more effectively and efficiently to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Council area.”
The development of the Community Plan will be facilitated by Derry City and Strabane District Council and will involve major public bodies; community and voluntary groups; local businesses and residents of the Council area.
The community planning process in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area is already underway. Eight priority areas, which tie in with the Council’s broad objectives of improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area, have been identified. They are:
Social and Community: Community Development, Early Intervention, Health and Wellbeing; Economical: Education and Skills, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, Tourism, Arts and Culture; and Environmental and Regeneration: Physical Regeneration, Infrastructure and Transport.
Community planning is an evolving process and all Councils in Northern Ireland now have a statutory obligation to produce a Community Plan. Progress will be closely monitored against measurable outcomes and Councils must produce a progress report every two years and review the plan every four years.
If you would like to join one of the eight thematic areas, registration is currently open but will close this Friday 8th May 2015. The groups will meet three times between June and September 2015 to set agreed and measurable target outcomes which will form the basis of the city and district’s new strategic Community Plan.
To register, visit www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com , email [email protected] or telephone 02871253253
Further press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 02871 253 253