Community Planning and the Regeneration of Local Spaces were the topics under discussion at a seminar hosted by Co-operation Ireland’s All Island Local Authority Forum in partnership with the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment (DOE) and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) on Thursday (26th February) in Dublin Castle.
Opened by NI’s Deputy Secretary at the DOE, Ian Maye and Minister of State at DECLG. Paudie Coffey T.D. the event is part of a series of Community Planning events examining the on-going reform of local government throughout both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, and the newly acquired Community Planning functions which Local Authorities have acquired.
In his remarks Minister Coffey said “This event is particularly timely given the changes we are currently undertaking, both North and South, in relation to Community Planning. Today’s seminar provides a great opportunity to exchange information and learn from each other as we move to the next phase of our respective planning processes”.
In his address Ian Maye, spoke about the need to strengthen relationships between the Executive and local government in order that future decisions on planning services reflect the needs of the people they impact.
More than 150 delegates from existing councils and the new super councils in Northern Ireland and the newly structured Local Authorities in the Republic of Ireland, political representatives, academics and key figures from local and central government heard best practice case studies from across the island, that have successfully undergone substantial regeneration led by their local authorities in partnership with other key organisations and agencies.
Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland said, “In recognising the challenges that all societies face in planning for future generations, it is important that local authorities from both parts of the island have the opportunity to share information and learn from each other’s experiences. This seminar organised by Co-operation Ireland’s All Island Local Authority Forum facilitates such discussions and its format allows everyone to participate effectively and focus on the strategic issues.
“Co-operation Ireland is committed to facilitating such exchanges, at local government and at all levels in our society“.