‘Exceptional response’ ahead of Community Planning events

Derry City and Strabane District Council Chief Executive John Kelpie leading one of the new Council's Community and Planning Information sessions in Brooke Park Sports Centre earlier this year. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.15
Derry City and Strabane District Council Chief Executive John Kelpie leading one of the new Council's Community and Planning Information sessions in Brooke Park Sports Centre earlier this year. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.15

Almost 600 local people are expected to take part in a series of engagements tomorrow aimed at helping map out Derry and Strabane’s future.

The launch of the Community Plan’s thematic groups and a series of workshops will take place throughout the day across three venues.

People are expected to gather at the Guildhall and Everglades in Derry and the Alley Theatre and Strabane to help contribute towards shaping the plan.

The details were revealed at Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee at the Guildhall.

Council Chief Executive John Kelpie told those gathered that the take up rate and level of interest to date has been “exceptional”.

He said that due to the response received from the wider community, three separate plenary meetings were being held across the district, segregated according to the social, economic and environmental pillars of wellbeing.

Mr Kelpie said that this was “obviously a very big week for the process”,

He added: “We are delighted to be in this position. So many people, so many organisations have come forward. They see the value in this process and the value in engaging in this process.”

The events in the three areas will focus on different areas, and the Mayor Elisha McCallion will join Mr Kelpie, senior council staff and three partner organisations from the statutory, community and business sectors in addressing those present.

In Strabane, the focus will be on ‘Social Wellbeing’ to improve the quality of life of all the people of the Council area, now and in the future.

The Everglades event will be focusing on ‘Economic Wellbeing’, growing and sustaining the economy to create more and better employment opportunities for everyone.

The third pillar at the Guildhall will hone in on Environmental Wellbeing - living in a low carbon, sustainably designed and connected region.

Those attending the events will later break into workshops along different themes.

The Derry City and Strabane District Community Plan is expected to be drawn up and ready for adoption by early in 2016.