Community planning comes to Warrenpoint

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Community, Politics, What's On
On Tuesday 17 February at 7pm Warrenpoint Town Hall will be the venue for an interactive engagement event. Topics include; Economic Development/Rural Development/Regeneration, Health and Wellbeing, Education, Environment, Safety and Planning. The Council want to find out what the public across the District feel should be prioritised over the next few years and how services should be delivered. Councillors for the Crotlieve area met recently to discuss the engagement event and the attributes of the area that should be maximised. Even though the Newry, Mourne and Down District had the third highest number of overnight stays after Belfast and Causeway Coast & Glens, the area only attracted 6.9% (2013 figures) of tourism spend meaning there are opportunities for improvement. Other issued noted by the Crotlieve Councillors was the increase in persons aged 40-64 between 2001 and 2015, with the Burren ward showing the highest increase at 67%. While it is generally known that people are living longer, this must also be built into the planning of services. Both the wards of Rostrevor and Warrenpoint are demonstrating an above average increase of people aged 65 and over and this may require changes in the services currently provided in this area. The Councillors acknowledged that while statistics can paint one picture of an area it is important that the local community tell the agencies responsible for delivering services in their area what they think works and what they would like to change. At the event on 17th February everyone will have the opportunity through a ‘speed engagement’ technique to provide their views on each themes mentioned above.

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