“Leitrim’s on a roll … but we need to keep levering our County up.” That was the key message from Frank Curran, Chairperson of Leitrim County Council’s newly-established front runner Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) as he launched the Committee’s preparation of a six-year Local and Community Plan for the County.
Co Leitrim is one of the 10 pilot sites around the country and is now beginning the development phase for the six year Local and Community plan.
“Leitrim is now one of Ireland’s success stories,” Mr Curran explained. “After 150 years of continuous decline, the past twenty-odd years have seen our County’s population grow by a startling 22%. That major turnaround didn’t happen by accident but was based on hard work and good planning. We’re proud of what’s been achieved but we want and need more of the same. That’s what our ‘Levering up Leitrim’ planning process is about.”
Over the next three weeks Leitrim’s new LCDC will host three consultation events in the north, centre and south of the County. The events will be on Thursday 10 April at 6.30pm in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Monday 14 April at 6.30pm in The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton and on Wednesday 16 April, again at 6.30pm in the New Community School, Ballinamore.
The consultation evenings will focus on a range of issues.
“We want to hear people’s views on jobs, training, services, health, community, culture, heritage, volunteering, social and community infrastructure and education,” Mr Curran continued.
“We’re particularly interested in people’s thoughts on what we might call ‘Post-Tiger Leitrim. We don’t live our lives in separate bubbles or compartments so we want to produce a Plan that reflects all aspects of community life here.”
Leitrim LCDC’s planning process will be short, sharp and inclusive. The more people who turn up to the consultation events the more effective it will be.
For further details contact 071 9650496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions or observations on the development of the Plan can also be emailed to email@example.com on or before April 17th 2014.