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Strategic Growth Partners meet to review Community Planning progress

22 February 2018

Members of the Strategic Growth Partnership for Derry and Strabane gathered today in the Guildhall to discuss progress on the Strategic Growth Plan for the City and District as well as a number of key strategic issues.

The Partnership is tasked with overseeing the delivery of the Community Plan working in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Council, and includes representatives from a wide range of community and statutory agencies.

At the meeting the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, told partners that work is ongoing on a number of vital strategies which have the potential to initiate transformational growth locally.

“I was delighted to see so many of our partners here today and their ongoing support for the Community Planning process,” he said.

“We are at a vital stage of establishing the implementation arrangements for the successful delivery of the Strategic Growth Plan following an extensive campaign of public engagement workshops. Stakeholders today heard more about how we can progress the delivery of the plan in an open and accountable manner.

“We also received an update on baseline indictors which we are using to track the delivery of the plan and the pursuit of the Regional Growth Deal following some very progressive talks with senior government officials around the issue.

“I was pleased to hear that work continues on the development of the eight Local Community Plans for each District Electoral Area and Strabane Town, which will provide bespoke strategies for positive change where most needed. It’s fantastic to see them near completion and to move closer to the delivery of the outcomes which will transform our community areas for local citizens.”

Professor Jayne Woodside from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, also attended the meeting to discuss a special research project which aims to engage local local schools. Project Daire focuses on achieving positive outcomes for children and young people by enhancing educational attainment, promoting health and wellbeing and developing the local food economy.

To find out more about the Strategic Growth Plan for Derry and Strabane and how it will be rolled out, a new website is now available featuring all you need to know about the strategy. The site will host regular updates on progress and the public can get in touch with the Community Planning team directly on growderrystrabane.com