Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son com­mit­tee meets

Fingal Independent - - NEWS SPECIAL -

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.

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