New plan for the borough in spotlight

Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating and Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Roger Wilson are joined by statutory partners and council officers to launch the Draft Community Plan for the Borough.
Left to Right:
Lloyd Crawford, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services; Evelyn Hanna, Libraries NI; Chief Inspector Bernard OConnor, PSNI; Lord Mayor, Councillor Gareth Keating; Roger Wilson, Chief Executive; Sharon OGorman, Strategic Director- Position; Gerard Rocks, Southern Health & Social Care Trust; Michelle Markey, Community Planning Officer.
Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating and Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Roger Wilson are joined by statutory partners and council officers to launch the Draft Community Plan for the Borough. Left to Right: Lloyd Crawford, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services; Evelyn Hanna, Libraries NI; Chief Inspector Bernard OConnor, PSNI; Lord Mayor, Councillor Gareth Keating; Roger Wilson, Chief Executive; Sharon OGorman, Strategic Director- Position; Gerard Rocks, Southern Health & Social Care Trust; Michelle Markey, Community Planning Officer.

Members of the local community can have their say in shaping the future of the Borough following the launch of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Draft Community Plan

Entitled ‘Connected’, the draft plan sets out the future direction of the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough and will shape the areas in which people live, work and visit for the next 15 years.

The document was developed following a series of consultation events with key partners, local residents, businesses and community groups.

Lord Mayor of Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating said: “The Draft Community Plan is a very important step in outlining how statutory bodies can work together with local people to help build a cohesive and positive future for the Borough.

“However, this document is only the beginning of the process. We are fully committed to ongoing community consultation and engagement and we want to share our vision with and hear the views and opinions from all members of the community. It’s your Borough and your future, it’s time to get Connected!”

The Draft Plan, Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) and comments form can now be viewed at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/consultations. Hard copies can also be requested from E:communityplanning@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk, T: 028 40660644 or in writing from Community Planning Department, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Old Technical Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, BT32 3JY.

A series of public consultation events have also been organised to provide the opportunity to discuss and give feedback on the plan at the following dates and locations.

Tuesday 22 November, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

Tuesday 22 November, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Craigavon Civic Centre, Craigavon

Monday 28 November, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Tommy Makem Centre, Keady

Monday 28 November, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Hayloft, The Palace, Armagh

Tuesday 29 November, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Rathfriland Community Centre, Rathfriland

Tuesday 29 November, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Old Town Hall, Banbridge

To register for any of these events please contact the Community Planning department at E:communityplanning@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or T: 028 40660644.

The consultation period will remain open until Monday, January 16, 2017.