La Touche Legacy Sem­i­nar 2008 goes down as huge suc­cess, says Mayor Ge­orge Jones

Bray People - - News -

THE 2008 La Touche Legacy Sem­i­nar, the 20th of its kind, went off ex­cel­lently, said Mayor of Grey­stones Cllr. Ge­orge Jones.

This year’s event cen­tred on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the busi­ness sec­tor with a panel of speak­ers as­sem­bled for the week­end, in­clud­ing David Bro­phy, CEO of Bal­ly­more stand­ing in for Sean Mul­ryan.

Der­mod Dwyer, chair of the Bray Re­ju­ve­na­tion Com­mit­tee, stood in for Sean Dunne and Sean Fitz­patrick of AIB, who de­fended bank­ing prac­tices at the Fri­day night din­ner.

They were joined by Tom Par­lon, Tom Cof­fey and Sean Quirke so as to stim­u­late de­bate on the Sem­i­nar theme.

Cllr, Ge­orge Jones, Chair­man of the La Touche Legacy Com­mit­tee and cur­rent Mayor of Grey­stones, said ‘over the past five years a huge amount of de­vel­op­ment has taken place in the area, in par­tic­u­lar the cre­ation of Charles­land with over 1,500 hous­ing units, and the ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that where there is co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Coun­cil­lors, Coun­cil Man­age­ment and De­vel­op­ers, the win­ners can be the lo­cal com­mu­nity’. He added his co-op­er­a­tion has de­liv­ered ma­jor gains in com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties like Charles­land Sports and Recre­ation Park and now a Swim­ming Pool and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Cur­rently a Har­bour and North Beach Re­newal is un­der­way with Wick­low County Coun­cil and Sis­par.

A del­e­ga­tion from Ards Bor­ough Coun­cil, headed by their Mayor Jim Fletcher, con­tin­ued the part­ner­ship that is de­vel­op­ing be­tween Grey­stones and Ards.

The pre­sen­ta­tion from Ards took place on Fri­day night at 8 p.m. and like all the lec­tures, it was open to the com­mu­nity to at­tend without any charge.

Cllr Jones said ‘this part­ner­ship is very im­por­tant as Ards is very much a Union- ist town so our friend­ship is help­ing to break down bar­ri­ers’.

Cllr. Jones added that the Coun­cil should at­tempt to ex­tend their re­la­tion­ship with Ards Bor­ough Coun­cil in to a for­mal part­ner­ship.

Fi­nally on Sun­day morn­ing at 11 a.m. a del­e­ga­tion from Wurzburg, Wick­low’s Euro­pean part­ner City, gave a short back­ground to the links be­tween both ar­eas along with tast­ing some of their wine prod­ucts. The Chair­man pre­sented com­mu­nity grants to three lo­cal groups to as­sist their cur­rent de­vel­op­ment work - Gael Scoil na Clocha Liatha, Grey­stones Ed­u­cate To­gether and Grey­stones Bowl­ing Club.

At the La Touche Legacy week­end were: Cllr Pat Killilea (La Touche Com­mit­tee); David Bro­phy (CEO Bal­ly­more); Cllr Ge­orge Jones (Chair of La Touche Legacy and Mayor of Grey­stones) and Tom Cof­fey.

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