The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion today launched a citizen survey which will be used to help shape a plan designed to improve the quality of life of residents within this district.
Speaking at the launch the Mayor said: “This survey gives our residents one of the first opportunities to express their views on the new Council area and how it should be shaped going forward. I would encourage anyone who has been approached by the survey enumerators to take part in the survey so that we can determine what our residents want for this area and also to establish how it can be improved upon so that it can be fed in to the community plan”.
Ilex’s Statistician Hugh McNickle said: “This is the first household survey to be targeted specifically within the new Derry City & Strabane District council area and will influence the planning, prioritisation and delivery of services for the development of the city and district. This is an extensive piece of work and the results of the survey will directly shape the content of the new Community Plan. Our thanks to DSD, Ulster University and Social Capital North West for their support and involvement”.
The plan focuses on eight strategic themes: Community Development; Early Intervention; Health & Wellbeing; Education & Skills; Entrepreneurship & Enterprise; Tourism Arts & Culture; Physical Regeneration; Infrastructure & Transport. Everyone is being encouraged to join in with this process and the deadline for joining any of the groups closes on Friday 8th May.
In conjunction with the surveys, a series of focus groups will be held with various equality interest groups across the Council area to identify relevant issues relating to the Community Plan. The results of this survey will feed into the 8 community planning working groups so that they can make informed decisions about their Council area.
For further information on how to get involved in the Community Planning Process for Derry City and Strabane District Council, visit the new website: www.derrycityandstrabanedistrict.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Elisha McCallion with enumerators who will be carrying out the Derry City & Strabane District Council's "Citizens' Survey". From left, are Ciara Ferguson, Hugh McNicholl, Minty Thompson, Marie Gillespie, Helen Sayers and Mary McBrearty. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics).
Marie Gillespie interviewing a housholder for the Derry City & Strabane District Council's "Citizens' Survey". (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)