Community Planning is a strategic planning process that puts the needs and views of the citizen at the centre of public service delivery.
From the 1April 2015, Councils across Northern Ireland will be responsible for coordinating a Community Planning Partnership with partners in health, education, police, economic development, tourism, environment agencies etc to plan better delivery of services.[caption id="attachment_54652" align="alignleft" width="390"] The Newry, Mourne and Down shadow council chairman, Councillor Charlie Casey, right with Heather McKee, Community Planning Manager, and the Chief Executive Designate, Mr Liam Hannaway , launching the new Community Planning Process.[/caption]
Speaking at the recent launch of the partnership, Newry Mourne and Down shadow council chairman, Councillor Charlie Casey, said: “Community Planning is a new opportunity for all citizens. It has the potential to make a big difference for local communities in helping us to align public services but in also giving the citizens of this District a say in how services are delivered. It is vitally important that the communities we serve are involved in this process.
“I would encourage everyone to think about how they would like their community to develop over the next 10-15 years and to go to an engagement event and give their views.”
Mr Liam Hannaway, Newry Mourne and Down Chief Executive, added: “The Newry, Mourne and Down area has significant positive attributes and it is essential that we all work together to maximise these to ensure we meet the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of everyone in our community.
“Our population on the whole enjoys good or very good health but there is potential for improvement. We have significant tourism assets, a magnificent coast line and areas of outstanding natural beauty which can be marketed better to attract more visitors bringing more income and jobs to the area.
“To do this, we need the support of our community. We need your ideas and we will be seeking these over the next year, beginning with 9 events held throughout February and March”
“The engagement events are taking place across the District and we would like to talk to as many people as possible from all walks of life, young and old, mums and dads, people involved in sports, music, business owners, rural and urban communities. You can also give your opinion on line through completing a survey which will take about 15 minutes – details are available on the Newry and Mourne District Council and Down District Council websites and Facebook pages.”www.downdc.gov.uk]]>