Cllr Una D who has received training in rural and community development, said she of the opinion that people require training because serious economic background is required for the economic models these plans use.
Councillors need training in economics
He said councillors need direction, particularly in working with community groups who will be concerned about potential deadlines and their own projects.
Westmeath councillors are calling for training to help them with the county new Local Community and Economic Plan (LCEP ).
I don feel well enough trained and briefed to make decisions regarding economic and community development, he said, calling for in house training to be provided to councillors.
Workshops have already been held involving those in the community and voluntary sector and some of the State agencies involved.
The Adidas Sl Loop Runner Grey LCEP will be in place for six years when it is finalised, and initial work has begun to create a framework to identify the objectives which should be included.
will be the local and economic equivalent of the County Development Plan, which focuses on land use.
only right if we expected to make decisions that we have the training and expertise, he said, and Cllr Frankie Keena agreed.
When it is complete, the plan will come before councillors to be passed, but Cllr Mick Dollard questioned whether he and his Adidas Sl 22
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CEO Pat Gallagher said the council will organise training for councillors relating to their role in the plan, but insisited that there is considerable expertise in the county and this has been co opted onto a steering group which includes the Local Enterprise Office (LEO ), the community and voluntary sector, the Education and Training Board and others.
While the document only provides the framework and guidelines for projects, and doesn specify what projects will be completed in a given timeframe, Cllr John Dolan said councillors will have to be proactive in explaining the plan to community groups.
The economic side of the plan will be developed through the Economic and Development SPC, and the community aspect through the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC ).
Ironically, former councillor Colm Arthur had been conferred with a university qualification in economics around the time he lost his seat.
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colleagues had the appropriate skill set.
is a new venture, he said, and pointed out that there is regularly national criticism of the D and Seanad because of the lack of professional expertise among those elected members.
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