Community Planning meetings for borough

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Community planning is one of the new responsibilities of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The purpose of community planning is to develop a long term vision and plan for the regionand all its citizens, based on analysis of needs, identifying priorities and seeking out opportunities to address them.

Council will run a number of Public Community Engagement Events about Community Planning and how to engage in it over the next few weeks.

The process aims to achieve an overall, integrated view of the social, economic and environmental needs of our area.

The Community Plan as a strategic planning tool will be the key over-arching framework for partnerships and initiatives in our Council area and at local and neighbourhood levels.

It is not seen as an additional or parallel process to structures already in place.

Developing and implementing the Community Plan is a major undertaking and will involve partnership working at many different levels in the area.

As lead partner, Council is currently establishing a process to work alongside statutory agencies and others to develop and implement a shared vision for promoting the well-being of our area and to improve quality of life for our citizens.

The Community Partners Order 2016 was recently debated and agreed in the NI Assembly. The statutory partners of Council designated by this legislation and forming the initial participants in the Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Strategic Partnership alongside ten Elected Members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are as follows:-

Tourism NI, Police Service for NI, Education Authority for NI, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Housing Executive, Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), NI Fire and Rescue Service, Invest NI, Sport NI and Libraries NI.

An opportunity to register for the Community Planning Register of Interest will also be available at one of the series of public community engagement events taking place across the borough.

The next local meetings are as follows:

* Wednesday, June 8, 2pm: Ballymoney Town Hall.

* Friday, June 10, 2pm: Causeway Coast and Glens headquarters, Cloonavin, Coleraine.

*Monday, June 13, 2pm: Roe Valley Ars and Cultural Centre, Limavady.

* Wednesday, June 15, 7pm: Sheskburn House, Ballycastle.

* Monday, June 20, 7pm: Community Building, Main Street, Garvagh.

* Thursday, June 23, 7pm: Dungiven Library, Main Street, Dungiven.

Please register your interest in attending one of these events by contacting communityplanning@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

For other details call 028 2766 0202.