Community Liaison committee meets
THE long-awaited first meeting of the Donabate Portrane Community Liaison has finally taken place with the aim to improve the lines of communication between the local community on the peninsula and Fingal County Council.
Among the members of the committee is local councillor and Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy, who welcomed the committee finally getting off the ground.
He said: ‘One of my first objectives as a local councillor when elected in May 2014, was to have this committee established and to create a forum between the local community of Donabate and Portrane and Fingal County Council with a view too exchanging information and understanding more about council functions and services and influencing those services for the overall betterment of the peninsula.’
The liaison committee model is a tried and tested one in Fingal and already operates in Skerries and Balbriggan and the aim is to create a partnership between the council and the local community, to promote a better understanding of how local democracy works and to meet and discuss local issues regularly.
Cllr Henchy said: ‘The Donabate Portrane Community Liaison Committee is a forum to exchange information, understand more about Council functions and services and how to influence them. ‘It is a partnership between the elected members, local/community interests and business interests.
‘The Committee is a vehicle to discuss and review local issues and to help promote a better understanding and relevance of local democracy.’
The inaugural first meeting of the committee which was by Cllr Henchy and also in attendance were Cllr Paul Mulville (SD), Cllr Duncan smith (Lab), Cllr Eugene Coppinger (Sol) and Cllr Joe Newman (NP) as well as local community representatives and senior officials from the community department of Fingal County Council.
The next meeting of the committee will focus on the Donabate Local Area Plan and how this integrates with the Fingal County Development Plan and a presentation on this topic will be given by senior officials from the planning and strategic development department of Fingal County Council.
The process to establish the committee began in September 2016 with over 30 expressions of interest received from members of the community who wanted to be part of it.