Have your say on rural development

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. (Editorial Image).
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. (Editorial Image).

Mid & East Antrim Council Local Action Group (LAG) is holding consultation events throughout August and September in an effort to ensure the future Rural Development Programme reflects the needs of the local rural community.

Houston’s Mill, Broughshane, will be the venue for one on August 27, from 7-9pm.

The events, which are being held across the Borough, will allow the LAG to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities within rural Mid and East Antrim, and are calling for those living in the local rural communities to come along and have their say.

Roy Beggs MBE, Interim Chair of the Mid and East Antrim LAG, strongly encouraged attendance at the events and said: “This is a perfect opportunity for all those affected by the new Rural Development Programme, and indeed anyone with an interest in the future sustainability of our local rural economy, to come along and make sure that our strategy makes an impact where it is needed most. I would strongly encourage attendance from all parts and all sectors of the Borough”.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Billy Ashe, welcomed the consultation: “This consultation will help to establish just how exactly the local strategy will target the needs of the local community,” he said.

The main themes being considered for the 2014-2020 Strategy are Rural Business Investment, Village Renewal, Rural Basic Services, Rural Broadband and a Cooperation scheme.