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New council Community Planning process well underway

01 April 2015

John Kelpie, Chief Executive of the new Derry City and Strabane District Council, met with statutory partners yesterday at the Guildhall to discuss the ongoing Community Planning process and to secure further representation from these partners, some of which include the Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Invest NI and Tourism NI.

Community Planning is an opportunity for residents, businesses and communities in the new Derry City and Strabane District Council area to have their say and set the objectives for the new organisation. This presents a unique chance for the Council and its partners to be held accountable for the implementation of the objectives set by the people of the new Council area.

A series of information events led by the Chief Executive of the new organisation have already taken place in locations right across the new Council area. This is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages and demographics to have their say in the formation of the new Council Community Plan. The events have been well attended to date and everyone is being encouraged to play their part and help develop the new Council area.

During the events members of the public were informed of the eight working groups which are currently live and open for anyone to join to assist with the Community Planning process. They are specifically: Community Development; Early Intervention; Health & Wellbeing; Education & Skills; Entrepreneurship & Enterprise; Tourism Arts & Culture; Physical Regeneration; Infrastructure & Transport.

The deadline for applications to join one of the working groups is 8th May 2015. Speaking following the meeting with Statutory Partners, Chief Executive of the new Council, John Kelpie, said: “The purpose of Community Planning is to move our entire region forward and ensure we are utilising and maximising all of our assets and resources in line with the aspirations of our stakeholders. I would encourage as many of our residents, businesses and communities to join in on this process and have their say on what the new Derry City and Strabane District Council will look like. If you have an interest or area of expertise I would encourage you to get in contact with us and find out more.” 

For full details of Community Planning and to join one of the eight working groups details can be found at www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com