Community audit appeal

The responses to the Portstewart Community Audit launched last month have been rolling in.

Residents of the town have been using the leaflet to express various wishes from more activities for young people and cross community activities for families to the provision of a community bank and a greater policing presence.

Loneliness and traffic management/ calming are two of the topics generating quite a bit of interest in the audits that have been returned so far.

The Community Audit is being conducted by Portstewart Inter Church Civic Project has been launched at the offices of Causeway Coast and Glens District Council in Coleraine.

The group first met over a year ago to explore the possibility of churches working together to improve Portstewart and support those living there.

The group is unique in that it represents all the churches in the town with a number of representatives from Agherton Church of Ireland, Baptist Church, Burnside Presbyterian, Portstewart Presbyterian, Portstewart Methodist and The Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church.

However complaints have been made that people have not received copies of the audit.

Every household should have had one delivered through the post a few weeks ago.

It would appear that at least some of the audits were delivered inside leaflets and may well have been thrown out as junk mail.

Residents of the town are being encouraged to complete the audit as the results may influence the provision of services in the future.

So anyone who has not already received a form can have one delivered by leaving contact details at Mullan’s Fashions on the Promenade.

To accommodate this, the return date for the audit has been extended by the Inter Church Civic Project to Saturday 18 July, so get the form, fill it in and help get what locals feel is needed for Portstewart.