Community Planning is a process whereby councils, statutory bodies, and the community work together to develop and implement a shared vision for promoting the well-being of their area and pave the way for the most efficient use of scarce resources.
What does Community Planning really mean?
Put simply community planning is everyone working together to make life better for local people. It means planning ahead to improve the big issues that matter to people like health, education, employment, safety and the environment.
The people who deliver services will:
- Listen to what is important to local people
- Agree the things that need urgent attention
- Agree how to tackle them within the money available
- Keep everyone informed and involved in the community Planning process
Our first round of engagement took place in February and March 2015 with a range of workshops and an on line survey. This was followed by the establishment of 7 District Electoral Area Fora and a range of public meetings to discuss key local issues.
Contact Details for the the seven District Electoral Area (DEA) Fora’s:
Name: Ellen Brennan
Name: David Patterson
Tel: 07971 567894
Tel: 07817 531876
Name: Kate Bingham
Tel: 02830 839666
Name: Suzanne Rice
Tel: 07793 883664
Name: Kerri Morrow
Tel: 028 3031 3071
Name Kathleen Magee
Tel: 07816 326360
A governance Structure has also been agreed which includes a Partnership Board and 4 Thematic Delivery Groups who will deliver actions towards meeting the outcomes in the Community Plan.
The Draft Strategic Community Plan has been drafted following widespread engagement with the general public. It includes 5 overarching outcomes which we will all work towards and a number of measures so we can monitor the impact of our actions in achieving these measures.
The full feedback report can be downloaded in the Downloads section below.
Community Planning Baseline Data
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has compiled an evidence baseline document to support the next phase of engagement towards developing a Community Plan for the area. The report includes an extensive range of social, economic and environmental data.
We have compiled a range of baseline evidence. Please find attached a synopsis of some of this evidence and maps indicating social changes in the District.
The Draft Strategic Community Plan
Please click this link to download The Draft Strategic Community Plan
Please complete our survey and forward it by Wednesday 25 January 2017 to CommunityPlanning@nmandd.org
See Below to download Survey:
Community Planning Survey (PDF Version)
Consultation Events (Places are limited)
The public consultations are as follows;
2 December 10am-12pm in Newcastle
8 December 7pm-9pm in Newry.
Please specify which event you wish to attend. If you wish to attend a Consultation event please register by emailing CommunityPlanning@nmandd.org
Or attend a Roadshow Event
- Wednesday 30 November @ 6.30pm Location: Dan Rice Hall, Drumaness
- Friday 9 December @ 7:30pm Location: Bridge Centre, Killyleagh
For all enquiry's please email: CommunityPlanning@nmandd.org
The Local Government (NI) Act 2014 sets out a General Duty of Improvement, whereby all Councils are required to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of their functions. As part of the same duty, Councils are required to set annual improvement objectives for the services they provide, and to put in place arrangements for achieving these objectives.
Performance improvement objectives should focus on enhancing the sustainable quality of life and environment for communities and ratepayers, and demonstrate clear links with the draft Programme for Government, Community Plan and the Corporate Plan. Performance improvement objectives should be published on an annual basis and are subject to an audit and assessment by the Northern Ireland Audit Office. The Annual Improvement Report 2016-17 for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council can be accessed below:
Councils are also required to collect information around seven statutory performance indicators which measure performance in relation to economic development, planning and waste management. This information is also published in the Councils Performance Improvement Plan.
Have your say on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Performance Improvement Objectives 2017-18
Newry, Mourne & Down District Council is inviting views on its draft performance improvement plan and objectives for 2017/18.
The Local Government Act (NI) sets out a General Duty of Improvement, whereby the Council is required to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of its functions. As part of this same duty, the Council is also required to set annual improvement objectives for the services it provides and to put in place arrangements for achieving them.
Performance improvement objectives should focus on enhancing the sustainable quality of life and environment for communities and ratepayers, and demonstrate clear links with the draft Programme for Government, Community Plan and the Corporate Plan.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is keen to ensure that all performance improvement objectives have a positive impact on the quality of life for all stakeholders across the District, including citizens, local businesses, Elected Members, employees and partner organisations across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.
To view and download the Council’s Draft Performance Improvement Objectives 2017-18, please Click Here.
You can respond with views on the draft performance improvement objectives by completing the the questionnaire below and submitting your response by email or post.
Click here to Download questionnaire.
Telephone: 0300 013 2233
In writing: Kate Bingham
Performance Improvement Department
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Responses should be submitted by midday on 19 May 2017.