Conference Takes First Step Towards Future Plan For The Sperrins

Future Search Fermanagh & Omagh

Published: 3rd October 2017

The first step has been taken towards the creation of a plan for the future of the Sperrins.

More than 70 delegates, drawn from across the community, special interest groups, as well as the public and private sectors, participated in the ‘Future Search’ conference which was organised jointly by four local councils – Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry City & Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh and Mid Ulster – whose districts all include parts of the mountain range.

The conference considered the history and heritage of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, together with current issues across a wide of range themes, from community and the environment to infrastructure and tourism.

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Stephen Mc Cann, said “this has been an extremely positive engagement process and I am confident that the shared Future Search Journey will set the agenda for stakeholder collaboration in relation to the Sperrins.
The success of this week’s conference has been underpinned by the desire to come together, to share views and opinions, to speak and most importantly to listen to each other, with the ultimate aim of finding common ground.”

The Future Search conference took place from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 September 2017 in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

The organising Councils will now draft a conference report and outline action plan for stakeholder consultation.

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