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The PEACEPLUS Programme is a €1.4bn investment in the social, economic and environmental development of Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland. It comprises six themes, which encompass 21 individual investment areas.

Local Authorities will be delivering their plans under Investment Area 1: Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities, specifically Theme 1.1 Co-designed Local Community PEACE Action Plans, with a provisional figure of €110m for the 17 participating local councils in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

Co-designed PEACEPLUS Action Plans will be produced for each of the 17 local authority areas across the Programme area. These will be designed to complement community planning structures and plans. A Co-designed approach enables groups which represent different communities of interest from defined areas, to collaboratively design projects tailored to meet the challenges and opportunities specific to that area The PEACEPLUS Action Plan will enable diverse partnerships to establish and invest in key actions for their local areas and collectively address these in a manner which will make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation. The Plans will be comprised by priority projects and initiatives, which have been co-designed by communities at the local level. The co-design process itself should enable cross community engagement and collaboration.

The plan will be centred around three core themes:

1. Local community regeneration and transformation;

2. Thriving and peaceful communities; and

3. Building respect for all cultural identities.

The plan will enable and empower the partnership to self-determine and deliver priority projects on a cross community basis, which will result in improved, shared and inclusive local services, facilities and spaces, and make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation.

WHAT IS THEME 1.1 ALL ABOUT?

Theme 1.1 will have the 11 local councils in Northern Ireland and the 6 border county councils as Lead Delivery Partners. It requires councils to create a co-designed Local Community PEACE Action Plan. ‘Co-designed’ means the design of the content in the plan, and the management of that plan in delivering projects, will be a partnership process with input from a range of statutory and community and voluntary sector organisations all done in the public interest. I.e., We will work with local people to prioritise ideas for projects to include into the plan. The plan will then be submitted to SEUPB (the funder) to secure our allocation and a Letter of Offer which will then be invested into the Borough through Programme Delivery.

The PEACE Action Plan will enable diverse partnerships to establish priority actions for their local areas and collectively address these in a manner which will make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation. The plan will be centred around three core themes:

1. Local community regeneration and transformation;

2. Thriving and peaceful communities; and

3. Building respect for all cultural identities.

The plan will enable and empower the local community partnership to self-determine and deliver priority projects on a cross community basis, which will result in improved, shared and inclusive local services, facilities and spaces and make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation.

 

The Co-Design Local Action Plan is only one investment area from one of the thematic areas, of which there are 6 Thematic Areas. To find out more about PEACEPLUS  and investment areas beyond the Local Action Plan, go to https://www.seupb.eu/PEACEPLUS

 

THE PEACEPLUS PARTNERSHIP

 

The PEACEPLUS Partnership was established in June 2022, comprising of 11 Elected Members and 11 Social Partners and representatives from 6 Statutory Agencies.  The Partnership will be central to the Co-Deign process and will drive the direction of the Co-Design Plan. A full list of the Partnership can be viewed on our webpage. Partnership Minutes will be uploaded to the webpage following our official Partnership meeting due to commence in the Autumn.

 

Some photos taken at the inaugural meeting in June at the Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine, The Partnership were addressed by Partnership Chair, Cllr Philip Anderson and warmly welcomed by Mayor Ivor Wallace.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

As part of the Co-Design Process, we intend to consult the public within the Communities at District Electoral Area (DEA). There are 7 DEAs within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area:

-Ballymoney

-Bann

-Benbradagh

-Causeway

-Coleraine

-Limavady

-The Glens

At least one consultation event will take place in each of the DEAs during the Autumn.

 

We will outline the thematic areas which will be included in the Local Action Plan and we will seek to consult with you on with project ideas you have for your area or the wider Council area based on the need or opportunity.

 

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