New forums established to identify local issues

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Community, Politics
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have recently established District Electoral Area Forums (DEA’s) to proactively work in partnership with the community to deal with locally identified issues. DEA chairsThe seven Forums will operate across the following areas: Slieve Gullion, Slieve Croob, Rowallane, Downpatrick, The Mournes, Crotlieve and Newry. DEA Fora are being developed as a model of engagement and must therefore provide opportunities for all sections of the community to participate in discussion and operate as part of the decision making process. Through the operation of the Fora, Councillors, Council Officers and key statutory partners will also have an opportunity to discuss and debate the issues with key community representatives. A major part of this work will be to develop and implement locally based action plans that take into account the diverse needs that exist with each of the seven District Electoral Areas. The establishment of this engagement infrastructure will further enable the community to effectively inform and influence the Community Planning Partnership at a strategic level. Crotlieve DEA Chairperson, Cllr Declan McAteer said, “I am delighted at being given the opportunity to help shape this new body at its formation. Local people can engage with their Council and Councillors more effectively. Through cooperation we would hope to deliver on those issues which the community attaches greatest importance to. “I am determined to make it a democratic forum by bringing together a true and reflective representative of the people and all communities residing within it. I will endeavour to ensure their input is valued, recognised and implemented to the best of our Council’s ability. He added, “If together we can improve the overall quality of life for those living in Crotlieve then we will have succeeded.”
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