Rally – produces many great ideas

31 03 2012

Welcoming many of the ideas that flowed from Friday nights”I Care about Ballycastle” rally organised by Ballycastle Community Development group SDLP Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham was particularly impressed with the innovative plans to bright up and rejuvenate some of the empty and unused business properties particularly in Castle Street.

Council needs to support the community and the groups many of them voluntary, who take the lead on decision-making about priorities in the town and how best to tackle problems. The community must have the opportunity to identify, design and deliver their own solutions that work locally. That may mean stonger lobbying of the various Government Departments and statutory agencies by Council – this is something I am particularly looking forward to.

Long term strategies are required to achieve sustainable regeneration within the town which put greater emphasis placed on community projects.
We need approaches to regeneration that nurture Ballycastle’s own physical, social and human assets and better ways to align the total public spend in the town.

Cunningham welcomes formation of “Ballycastle Community Development Group”

23 03 2012

Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the newly formed “Ballycastle Community Development Group” a group which was inspired by the facebook page “What I would like to see in Ballycastle”.
The Ballycastle SDLP Councillor said “This is exactly what the Ballycastle community needs; I am particularly impressed by the group’s stated objectives of promoting community spirit and working to improve the area”
The Ballycastle community has a large and untapped pool of people (particularly the young) who have different skill sets which we need to get involved and have a real say in the decision making as to what happens in their area. This is an excellent opportunity to strengthen local democracy and for the council to reconnect with the community by empowering the group to be involved in influencing decisions that affect them.