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Community Planning: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council

2018-01-31

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

‘Love Living Here’, is the Community Plan for Antrim and Newtownabbey.  Like Community Plans in council areas across Northern Ireland, it is designed to shape and inform how services are delivered across the Borough from now until 2030 and seeks to tackle the issues which most affect the day to day lives of local residents.  It provides a framework for sustaining and growing the positive aspects of life in Antrim and Newtownabbey, while challenging and changing the things which need to be improved.  And it acknowledges that by working together we can have a much greater impact.

The Community Plan for Antrim and Newtownabbey is ambitious. We want to tackle some of the most difficult issues which have affected our residents for many years:

Community Planning requires an ongoing commitment to collaboration and partnership working.  It includes a range of organisations whose interests include health, employment, education, safety and community development. Involvement goes beyond the statutory partners and includes a broad range of stakeholder organisations who contribute a depth of local knowledge which has been and continues to be really important to the quality of the process.

Central to the approach we have developed for delivery of our community plan is the widespread engagement of local citizens.  The Partnership recognises the key role that groups such as schools, churches, sports clubs and community groups play in the day to day life of our communities.  We hope that these groups and others will actively participate in our Place Shaping Forums to contribute their valuable local knowledge.  By providing a way to engage directly with local community groups and residents, the Place Shaping Forum in each of seven District Electoral areas will enable us to deliver on the community plan in the way that best fits local needs and local assets.

Welcoming the plan, Pat Smyth, Northern Deputy LCG Lead, said: “Community planning provides us the opportunity to engage with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and other local organisations to address local health and social care challenges in the Northern Local Commissioning Group area. By working together and sharing resources we can better engage with local people and communities to plan and provide for the wellbeing of our community. Key to the successful implementation of ‘Love Living Here’ is engagement with local people, to hear their views on how we shape, develop and design services to meet their needs into the future. The NLCG looks forward to continuing its work with Antrim and Newtownabbey Council and other community planning partners to improve the quality of life of people living in the area.”

For further information about Community Planning in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area please contact the Community Planning Manager by:

Telephone: 028 9034 0212

Email: communityplanning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Or visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/communityplan

Derry City and Strabane District Council

The Community Plan for Derry and Strabane, the inclusive Strategic Growth Plan, was launched on 6 November 2017, following an extensive and unprecedented campaign of public engagement across the North West.

At its heart are a number of core objectives which will instigate growth in keeping with the plan’s vision to create “a thriving, prosperous, and sustainable City and District with equality of opportunity for all.” These goals include the creation of 15,100 new jobs and attracting 10,000 additional people to the area, generating an extra £95m in tax revenue to the economy. There is also a strong focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, with new research-based approaches to issues such as drug and alcohol awareness, crisis intervention, health literacy, end of life care and promoting health and fitness.

Since the official launch of the Growth Plan, work has been ongoing on the eight Local Community Plans which will provide bespoke strategies for each District Electoral Area and Strabane town as identified by those living in those community areas. These will ultimately feed into the overarching Growth strategy set to transform the Social, Economic and Environmental prospects of the City and Region by 2032.  With a firm strategy for change now in place, work continues with our strategic partners on developing the delivery arrangements and performance measures to be implemented by the Outcome Delivery Partnerships. These will ensure that progress is clearly mapped and communicated to the public.

Praising this collaborative approach Paul Cavanagh, Western Commissioning Lead, said: “The launch of the Derry City and Strabane Council Community Plan creates the opportunity for local agencies to work together to address local health and social care challenges, and, to plan and provide for the wellbeing of the community. By listening to the views and needs of people in the Western Local Commissioning Group area we can develop and design services in partnership which meet those needs. I welcome Council’s commitment to a research-based approach to addressing local health and social care issues. Through implementation of the Local Community Plans and the development of the Outcome Delivery Partnerships we can bring clarity and clear direction to addressing health needs in the North West. I look forward to working with Council and all of our partners to improve the quality of life of people living in the Derry and Strabane areas in the future”.

January saw the launch of the new website growderrystrabane.com which will act as a dynamic platform for updating our partners and the public on progress in terms of delivering the outcomes and objectives identified within the Growth Plan.

The next few months are extremely exciting as we move from the planning stages to delivery and a new cohesive and inclusive approach to improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of all who live and work in our City and District.

For further information about Community Planning in Derry City and Strabane District Council area please contact the Community Planning Team by:

Telephone: 028 7125 3253

Text Phone: 028 7137 6646

Email: communityplanning@derrystrabane.com

Or visit growderrystrabane.com

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