Three or four line description of what the Community department does and what it takes care of.
Community and Sport is a new department for the new City & County Council. The aim of the department is to help communities in Waterford City and County to become vibrant and safe with an excellent quality of life and a sustainable, healthier future. These strong communities will be important in developing Waterford into the future.
There will be new ways and new structures to help this department deliver on its objectives using a Community Plan for Waterford.
This plan will form a critical element of a 6-year Local Economic and Community Plan for Waterford.
A ‘Waterford Local Community Development Committee' (LCDC) will prepare the Community element of the Plan which will provide the basis for a more coherent, streamlined and co-ordinated approach to local and community development programmes. The LCDC will have primary responsibility for planning and oversight of local development spend. Local government, state agencies, local community and development and social, community and economic interests will be represented on the LCDC.
A 'Community Strategic Policy Committee' will assist in the formulation and development of the various elements of a Community Services policy for Waterford City and County Council. It will facilitate the participation of a range of sectoral interests at local level. The SPC will review policy relevant to its area of responsibility and will make recommendations to the full Council on policy matters generally and on the adoption of new policies.
The 'Waterford Public Participation Network' (PPN) is a new framework for public engagement and participation. It will involve more extensive and diverse input into decision-making at local government level in Waterford through the involvement of sectoral interests. The PPN will be the main link through which the local authority will connect with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors. The PPN will be the main channel through which people will be selected to participate in various processes of the County/City and its boards/committees.The PPN will be organised at county/city level and also at Municipal District level. The Municipal District PPN will be made up of community, voluntary and environmental organisations operating within the Municipal District.
The functions of the Community and Sport department will include:
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