Why Have Village Action Plans?
Village Action Plans were developed in June 2018 as part of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme Village Renewal measure operated by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. This measure aims to ensure an integrated approach to assist villages and their surrounding areas to realise the potential of their economic, social, cultural and environmental resources.
The following plans were commissioned by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with funding from the Council and DAERA.
About the Plans
This plan has evolved by consulting with local groups and residents to ensure that everyone could have a say and that actions put forward were those considered important to the majority and have the ability to implement. The plan highlights actions that can be taken forward by people within the community; it can be used to influence statutory bodies and service providers and can be used as evidence of the need for various projects when applying for funding. The plans are designed to act as a framework for action in each village; they provide groups with a vision and direction for moving forward and shows collective will in developing the village for the benefits of locals and visitors alike.
The plans were developed over a number of months and involved local residents and groups in each village putting forward their views about how they would like to see their area develop over the next five years. Key to this process was reviewing existing plans and information in addition to consultation findings to identify those issues and actions which are relevant, achievable and can contribute to the Village Renewal process.