Local students air views on future

Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion and John Kelpie, chief executive, Derry City & Strabane District Council with, on left, Leo Murphy, chief executive, North-West Regional College, and, from right, Ryan Kelly, student union president, Gemma Scarlett, event organiser, and Rachelle Craig, change manager, DC&SDC,  at the  "Our Community Plan - Your chance to have your say . ." held in the North-West Regional College, Strand Road.  (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).
Mayor Cllr Elisha McCallion and John Kelpie, chief executive, Derry City & Strabane District Council with, on left, Leo Murphy, chief executive, North-West Regional College, and, from right, Ryan Kelly, student union president, Gemma Scarlett, event organiser, and Rachelle Craig, change manager, DC&SDC, at the "Our Community Plan - Your chance to have your say . ." held in the North-West Regional College, Strand Road. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).

Over 150 North West Regional College students have been asked to help shape the future of Derry and Strabane as part of a wider project to develop a new Community Plan.

Local people across the entire city, town and district are being urged to speak up and to join a series of satellite organisations which will be instrumental in forming the plan.

16 - NWRC student Glenda Johnston pictured at the "Our Community Plan - Your chance to have your say . ." held in the North-West Regional College, Strand Road.  (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).

16 - NWRC student Glenda Johnston pictured at the "Our Community Plan - Your chance to have your say . ." held in the North-West Regional College, Strand Road. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).

The new plan is being devised because Derry City & Strabane District Council has new powers to shape the future development of the area.

Students gathered yesterday to hear how they can get involved with the project and have a great say in how services are delivered.

The session involved input from the Mayor Elisha McCallion, Chief Executive John Kelpie and Director of Business & Culture Stephen Gillespie.

Issues raised during the event include how the Council planned to create more job opportunities for school leavers, how leisure facilities across the Council area could be improved and what the Council is doing to bring more festivals and major events to the North-West.

Speaking afterwards, Mayor Elisha McCallion said she was encouraged by both the attendance at the event and the students’ participation:

“The level of input throughout the event was great. We had questions from the floor, comments written on flip-charts around the room, as well as posts on social media.”

The Community Plan is open to everyone. Registrations are live now to sign up to any of the following groups: Community Development; Early Intervention; Health & Wellbeing; Education & Skills; Entrepreneurship & Enterprise; Tourism Arts & Culture; Physical Regeneration; Infrastructure & Transport.

The registrations will close on 8th May with the launch event taking place on Thursday 4th June at the Everglades Hotel. For further information on how to get involved in the Community Planning Process for Derry City and Strabane District Council, visit the new website: www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or email info@derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com.