A new plan was launched today which sets out a blueprint for the future economic and community development of Cork City. Speaking at the launch of the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) for Cork City Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill said
“This ambitious plan brings together both community and economic elements in a single plan, reflecting the close link between a vibrant local community and strong local economy. Over the next 6 years it will act as a shared handbook to ensure that Cork City continues to prosper and thrive for the benefit of everyone who lives or works here.”
The 6 year plan is based on fifteen High Level Goals, which relate to issues such as housing, children and young people, older people, a safe and green city, economic diversity, social inclusion, education and learning, quality of place and others – all of which play a critical role in ensuring a good quality of life for those living and working in Cork City.
The plan is based on an extensive consultation process which commenced in 2015, involving a wide range of community & voluntary organisations, public agencies, business, social partners and other stakeholders that are active in the city. It therefore reflects the issues and priorities which have been identified locally. The LECP is a multiagency plan and will require multi agency cooperation and joint working to ensure the delivery and successful implementation of the various actions.
The Cork City LECP has been developed through two structures – the Local Community Development Committee and the Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).
Speaking at the launch, Cllr Chris O’Leary, Chair of the SPC said:
“With many exciting new developments already underway in the City, this plan will help drive future sustainable economic growth”
Cllr Fergal Dennehy, Vice Chair of the Local Community Development Committee, said:
“This plan promotes a vision for community development within Cork City over the next six years, building on existing strong and vibrant relationships and networks already at work within the City”.
Lord Mayor, Cllr. Des Cahill speaking at the launch of the Local Economic & Community Plan for Cork City.