Council wants your views on Peace Plan

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is keen to hear the views and opinions of a wide cross-section of the public to help shape the Borough’s Local Peace and Reconciliation Action Plan.

This is part of Peace IV, a unique initiative designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

Promoted through the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and managed by Special EU Programmes Body, the council now have the opportunity to access over €6 million to develop community programmes aimed at building positive relations at a local level across the Borough.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Darryn Causby said: “We are extremely excited about the potential to access this substantial amount of funding for the Borough.

“However, in order to access the money, the council must complete an application process, part of which entails the development of a PEACE IV Action Plan for the Borough.

“The Action Plan will promote positive relations characterised by respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and people can live, learn and socialise together, free from prejudice, hate and intolerance.

“I would urge anyone who is interested in helping shape their communities development to get involved in this process and let us know your thoughts on how you believe the money would be best utilised.”

To allow the council to gauge public opinion a series of consultation events will take place from 7pm to 9pm at the Old Town Hall Banbridge on Tuesday 26th April, Craigavon Civic Centre on Wednesday 27th April and Armagh City Hotel on Thursday 28th April.

The Action Plan will be a targeted, locally based response to the needs and priorities identified in the PEACE IV Co-operation Programme.

To attend any of the consultation events contact Rachael Harrison by calling 028 4066 0605 or email rachael.harrison@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk.