The consultation period for the recently launched draft Community Plan for Mid Ulster has been extended to allow residents in more rural areas the opportunity to have their say.
Additional consultation sessions will now take place in Ballygawley, Stewartstown, Draperstown and Maghera and the closing date has been extended by a week to Monday, 13 February.
The result of almost 2 years’ work and representing the input of 40 organisations from across the public and voluntary sectors, as well as far-reaching community engagement and research, the new Community Plan sets out a vision for the design and delivery of services to improve the lives of local people.
Encompassed in 5 themes – economic growth, infrastructure, education and skills, health and well-being and vibrant and safe communities – are 15 outcomes which the community planning partners aim to achieve collectively in the next 10 years.
The proposed outcomes impact on all areas of life, from increasing access to affordable housing and caring for those who are most vulnerable, to creating vibrant towns and villages, safer communities and better skilled and qualified people.
The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, has welcomed the news of the extension. He said, “The success of this new Community Plan for Mid Ulster, which will set out the vision for the area for the foreseeable future, depends heavily on the buy-in from residents, in fact it cannot exist without it. For that reason I am delighted that the Council has extended the consultation period allowing more sessions to take place which will enable people, particularly those living in more rural areas to have their say and offer their views and valuable feedback.
“The draft plan is a milestone for the region and has its roots in the communities we all serve, reflecting the issues which have been identified through far-reaching community engagement, as well as deep statistical analysis. These are the issues which have the most impact on local people, whether it’s in terms of health and well-being, education, job opportunities, isolation or access to services.”
The remaining public consultation sessions will take place on:
- Wednesday 18th January 2017, 7pm - 9pm, Council Offices, Cookstown
- Wednesday 25th January 2017, 7pm - 9pm, Council Offices, Magherafelt
- Wednesday 1st February 2017, 6.00– 7.30pm, Ballygawley Development Association
- Wednesday 1st February 2017, 8.30 – 10.00pm, Stewartstown Crieve Centre
- Wednesday 8th February 2017 6.00 – 7.30pm, St Colm’s, Draperstown
- Wednesday 8th February 2017 8.30 – 10.00pm, The Link Centre, Maghera.
To find out more about the draft Community Plan and to respond to the consultation which closes on Monday 13 February 2017, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/communityplan and to register to attend one of the consultation sessions, please contact Louise Devlin, Tel: 028 8676 4714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.