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