Interim Community Planning Partnership Board supports draft Community Plan

Sixteen public sector organisations, alongside representatives of business and community and voluntary sector organisations, have come together to agree a long-term Community Plan 2016-2030 which will improve public services and make a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and visit in the Fermanagh and Omagh area.

The first meeting of the interim Fermanagh and Omagh Community Planning Strategic Partnership Board took place on Thursday 8 September 2016 in Omagh when Councillor Thomas O’Reilly was appointed as the Partnership Chair.  The appointment of Vice Chair was deferred until processes to identify final representation from the community/voluntary and business sectors is agreed.

The Board signed up to a Partnership Agreement confirming that the Community Plan sets the framework for its work in the Fermanagh and Omagh area and that all partners will contribute to delivering the nine common outcomes set out in the Community Plan.  A draft Community Plan, which will be issued for public consultation at the beginning of October, was also agreed.

Speaking following the meeting, the Chair, Councillor O’Reilly, spoke of the opportunities presented through the community planning process, stating that:

“We believe that community planning presents a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives and to bring about a new era of partnership working in Fermanagh and Omagh.  As a partnership, we very much look forward to working together to make the most of this new opportunity”.

The content of the draft Community Plan has been informed and developed using an evidence-led approach.  Extensive consultation and data gathering has assisted the partners in prioritising the needs of local people in developing the Plan which includes a long term Vision and the following three themes and long term aims:

  1. People and Communities: To improve the wellbeing of all our citizens and develop thriving rural and urban communities.
  1. Economy, Infrastructure and Skills: To create better employment opportunities for all by supporting the development and growth of a more productive local economy and better connected area.
  1. Environment: To promote positive action on climate change, sustainable management and enhancement of the built, cultural and natural environment.

Across the three themes, a series of nine long term outcomes have been identified.  These clearly state what the partners expect to be achieved for the benefit of the community and will be supported by a range of performance indicators which will be used to demonstrate progress towards an outcome.

The Community Plan and an associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report will be launched on Monday 3rd October 2016 for public consultation over a period of 8 weeks.

Thirteen public workshops will take place throughout the District during the months of October and November, details of which are outlined below:

Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown 18th October at 2.00pm
Lakeland Community Centre, Belcoo 19th October at 7.00pm
Dromore Leisure Complex, Dromore 25th October at 7.00pm
Kesh Community Centre, Kesh 26th October at 2.00pm
Community Centre, Derrygonnelly 27th October at 7.00pm
Owenkillew Centre, Gortin 1st November at 2.00pm
Milestone Centre, Carrickmore 3rd November at 7.00pm
Ecclesville Centre, Fintona 9th November at 2.00pm
Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea 10th November at 2.00pm
Crest Centre, Enniskillen 15th November at 7.00pm
Aughakillymaude Community and Mummers Centre, Derrylin 16th November at 7.00pm
Omagh Enterprise Centre, Omagh 17th November at 7.00pm
Rosslea Community Centre, Enniskillen 22nd November at 2.00pm

From 3rd October 2016, an online consultation will be available at  for a period of 8 weeks.  The draft Documents will also be available to download from the 3rd October 2016 or, alternatively, you can request a copy from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council at The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 7BL or Townhall, 2 Townhall Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7BA or by telephone on 0300 303 1777.