The process of planning the future for Ballinode’s buzzing community got underway with a lively discussion in Ballinode community hall on Thursday 6th December 2018. All present agreed that the area would benefit from pulling all the many projects under development together into one Plan, and it was agreed to revisit the Community Needs Survey conducted last summer by Billy Flynn, and to use this as a starting point. All groups and individuals will be invited to submit their thoughts in the New Year.
When all ideas are collated, a community meeting will be called, at which a summary of the ideas collected to date will be presented, along with data from the Census of Population, to help identify trends and needs which may be emerging in the area. The Council will assist the community to carry out a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis on the area, and also to conduct a ‘visioning’ exercise, where we imagine a perfect Ballinode ten years from now, then work backwards to figure out what needs to be done in order to make it a reality. These exercises will help us to identify the issues and projects within the list of ideas which need to be given priority.
The Council will then work with the community to put a shape on those projects, identify who needs to be involved in each, and what supports need to be put in place in order to ensure that progress is certain to happen on each. This will become the Community Plan. We will firstly produce a Draft version, and circulate it to give the community a chance to check that everything is in there, and that the right things are being given priority. Then, when everyone is happy that the mix is right, the Plan will be firmed up and become the Final version.
You can stay posted on progress through this page as we go through the planning process.
Ballinode Community Needs Survey