Galway City Community Forum encourage communities to have their say
Galway City Community Forum seeks to ensure that communities in Galway are up to date with local government reform by organising a series of Open Forum meetings in Galway in April.
Following on from the publication of Putting People First: Action Plan for Effective Local Government, Galway City Community Forum are organising a series of public meetings to brief people living in Galway on the implications of the Plan and to begin to identify the key issues for the different communities in Galway.
Commenting on the decision to organise the Open Forum meetings, Chairperson of the Forum, Tommy Flaherty, stated, ‘We are aware that many in the communities in Galway are not aware that local government is undergoing reform. The city Development Board will soon be replaced with a new Socio-Economic Committee and it is important that communities are informed of these developments.’
Ann Irwin, Galway City Community Forum Co-ordinator, stated, ‘the new developments will have a significant impact on local government and local development in Galway. Although it is likely that we won’t see changes until 2014, it is very important that we as a community begin to prepare for the changes and for the new Community Plan that will be developed.’
Tommy Flaherty concluded, ‘these meetings are open to all those interested in their communities. The local Councillors have been invited to come and listen to the issues identified by the communities’
Contact Ann Irwin at 087 9326467
The meetings are open to GCCF member organisations and others interested in their communities and in local government in Galway
Each meeting will begin at 7pm.
Meetings will be held in:
- Galway East Ward – April 15th in the Connaught Hotel (formerly the Carlton), Renmore Road
- Galway West Ward – April 22nd in the Clybaun Hotel
- Galway Central Ward – April 29th in the Ardilaun Hotel
The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, announced his proposals for local government reform today (Tuesday October 16th 2012). Entitled, Putting People First: Action Programme for Effective Local Government, it states that, “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level – leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.”
Putting People First incorporates the Final Report of the Local Government and Local Development Alignment Steering Group. It states that, “Local government will have a central role in the oversight and planning of local and community development programmes, through arrangements based on the report of a Steering Group on the alignment of the local government and local development sectors. The Group’s main recommendations include:
- a Socio-Economic Committee in each city/county council for planning and oversight of local and community development programmes to replace the current City Development Board;
- a 5-year City/County Local and Community Plan forming a component of the overall City/County Development Plan;
- alignment of the areas of the local and community development programme with city/county boundaries as far as possible;
- an inter-departmental group to secure a ‘whole-of-government approach’;
- a national policy to establish a framework for a cross-government approach to local and community development at local level, and a common approach to budgets, costs and targeting of resources;