Fermanagh and Omagh District Council marks first 1000 days

20th December 2017

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will reach its 1000th day in operation on Christmas Day, 25 December 2017.

The local authority, which was established on 1 April 2015 as one of the 11 new councils introduced via the Local Government Reform Programme, delivers traditional council services while managing a number of additional responsibilities and powers including Planning, local economic and tourism development, off-street car parking and management of water recreational sites.

The Council also has a role in guiding the future development of the district by leading a Community Planning process. This process involves the Council working in partnership with other public service providers and agencies as well as the community, voluntary and business sectors to meet local needs and to improve the lives of local people.

To reflect on some of the work and achievements of the new Council, we have collated some interesting facts and figures about the first 1,000 days:

  • There have been over 2 million visits to the Council’s four leisure centres and 720,000 visitors to the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark
  • 587 Jobs have been promoted through the council sponsored New Business Start Up programme
  • Refuse Collectors have serviced over 6.5 million household bins and we have all worked to reduce waste sent to landfill and increase recycling
  • The Council was the 1st in NI to introduce electric fleet vehicles, saving costs and reducing the environmental impact of our fleet
  • There were 736 performances in total held at the Strule Arts Centre and The Ardhowen theatres
  • 3,946 Births were registered in the district by the Council’s Registrar’s Office
  • 350,000 plants and flowers bulbs have been planted across the district
  • 1,653 grants and bursaries totalling over £1.1million have been issued to local community  and sporting groups and individuals for arts, culture and sport
  • £3.28 million has been invested locally through the Affordable Warmth Scheme supported by the Council
  • £14 million has been invested in venues and facilities across the district including development of Enniskillen Castle complex and Castle Basin Promenade, Enniskillen; the Riverside Walk works and completing work to the OASIS Plaza in Omagh; developing and upgrading a number of outdoor Multi Use Games Areas; improvements to the public realm in Old Market Place and the bowling green pavilion in Omagh; extension and improvements to facilities at Killyvilly and Gortrush depots to deliver more efficient and effective services; extension of Greenhill Cemetery, Omagh and the construction of the West End Community Centre, Enniskillen.

Speaking about the Council’s first 1000 days, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Stephen McCann, said:

“In a relatively short period of time, the Council has achieved so much. The Council continues to demonstrate its commitment to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and earlier this year rolled out the separate food waste collection service to an additional 22,000 households across the district. We also reviewed refuse collection routes at the same time to provide a more cost effective and efficient service to our ratepayers.

Other recent highlights have included the launch of the £2.6 million Peace IV programme, the opening of the West End Community Centre in Enniskillen and a number of new business support programmes.  I would like to thank my fellow Councillors, Councillor officers and our many partners with whom we have worked closely to deliver projects and services to residents of and visitors to the district.

While it is important to reflect, there is always more to do and it is important to build on these past achievements. As such the Council has commenced detailed budget planning for the next financial  year so that the commitments set out in the Council’s Corporate Plan and the Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan can be met and we continue to use our share of the rates to develop the district and improve the lives of our residents.”

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council delivers services to approximately 115,000 residents. Geographically it is the largest of the 11 councils in Northern Ireland, covering an area of 2,829 km2 while at the same time having the smallest population.

For further information on Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and its services please visit the Council website or telephone 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or text phone 028 8225 6216.