Focus on future of Ballymena

Pictured from left are: Karen Hargan, Director of Organisational Development & Community Planning; Linda Williams, Director of Economic Growth,Tourism & Regeneration; Anne Donaghy, Council Chief Executive; The Mayor, Audrey Wales MBE and Moira Loughran, North East Regional Manager at Invest NI

Pictured from left are: Karen Hargan, Director of Organisational Development & Community Planning; Linda Williams, Director of Economic Growth,Tourism & Regeneration; Anne Donaghy, Council Chief Executive; The Mayor, Audrey Wales MBE and Moira Loughran, North East Regional Manager at Invest NI

A community ‘think tank’, established to formulate plans for the long term future of the Ballymena area has held its first meeting.

The ‘Task and Finish Working Groups’ co-ordinated by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was designed to identify the priorities for inclusion within the ‘community plan’ for the Borough.

Senior officers from the council and other public, private and voluntary sectors organisations together with community representatives met at The Braid in Ballymena and considered a wide range of evidence gathered to date in order to agree on key Borough-wide priorities and needs.

A further event is to be held, at Ballymena Showgrounds, on September 28 and with a range of other engagements will continue to work towards a final community plan, that is due to be completed by March 31 2017.

The plan will focus on the development and implementation of a ‘shared vision for promoting the well-being of the entire Mid & East Antrim area’.

According to a Council spokesperson it will also enable community cohesion with the aim of improving the quality of life of citizens.

Other main themes will centre on issues relating to ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’; ‘Progress in education – improving aspirations for all’; and sustainable jobs & tourism.

Further information is available from Council’s Community Planning officers, telephone 028 2563 5036 or email at communityplanning@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

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