Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council showcased the development and transformation potential of the council area to MPs, and MLAs, at a think tank event held recently at Lagan Valley Island.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Showcase
Elected Members Ald. David Drysdale, Ald. William Leathem and Cllr Luke Poots along with Council Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson and Senior Officers Donal Rogan and Jim Rose outlined the Council’s ambitious plans in diverse areas such as investment programmes, key capital projects, transformation plans, City Deal, community planning and the Local Development Plan.
Attendees were asked to consider how the Council could better deliver on their plans and how they, as elected representatives, could help share the Council’s vision and support its plans for the future.
The political engagement event was hosted and introduced by The Mayor, Cllr Tim Morrow who said,
“I’d like to thank all our political representatives for joining with the Council to learn more about where we see Lisburn and Castlereagh in the future and how we can work together, both at a local, regional and national level to best suit our residents and generations to come.
“It is said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and this is so true when we look at the potential for what can be achieved if we all work together and I am encouraged by today’s turnout and commitment to a shared vision for the future,”
The event also featured workshops where attendees were asked to identify any additional key areas for inclusion in the Council’s plans and discuss how local politicians could help improve external partnerships to deliver on these plans.
Chief Executive’s Thoughts
During the event, the Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson introduced the key themes that will be included in the Council’s new 2018-2022 Corporate Plan, an investment programme which will would focus on improvements in the tourism, leisure and digital infrastructure of the area as well as the night time economy.
Dr Donaldson also outlined how the plans for the Council area will fit alongside development and transformation plans for all of Northern Ireland.
Dr Donaldson said,
“We have in place an ambitious and comprehensive transformation programme for the area. We need the support and engagement of political representatives at all levels in order to successfully deliver on these plans and help the area fulfil its maximum potential and it is very encouraging to see such strong support being shown here today.
“Our Corporate Plan will be released for public consultation later this week and focuses on five themes; Leading Well, The Economy, Health and Wellbeing, Where we live and Our Community and I confident that by working in tandem across these main areas we will be able to better deliver on all our plans for the Council area”
In summing up the event and highlighting the need for collaborative working to achieve the outlined plans, Dr Donaldson concluded by telling the audience, “Together we are stronger.”