Local plan is 'most important' in years
'One of the most important documents for Wexford in years' is how many of the members described the draft Local Economic and Community Plan which was presented by Chief Officer of LECP Mr Ger Mackey.
Mr Mackey outlined the six high level goals incorporated in the plan which focus on educational attainment and lifelong learning; supporting socially inclusive communities; making Wexford a good place to work and visit; supporting a business environment; protecting and enhancing infrastructure and protecting and utilising cultural, natural and built heritage.
Mr Mackey told the members that the plan will prioritise the provision of things such as school completion programmes, work experience, literacy support, youth education initiatives, early years provision and well-located schools.
'This is one of the most important documents that we as local councillors have been presented with,' said Cllr Jim Moore.
Cllr Frank Staples said it was a case of 'a lot of work done, an awful lot more to be done.'
Cllr George Lawlor also called the plan the most important document they had seen in years.
Cllr Tony Dempsey said that the plan was the result of 'endless meetings over a long period of time.'
Meanwhile, Cllr Davy Hynes said that Wexford has been on the back books for a 'long long time'.
'We have the third highest unemployment rate and are the third most disadvantaged county,' said Cllr Hynes, saying that these factors can have a major impact on things such as mental health. He commended those involved in producing the LECP but said that unless they seek and obtain support from the government, they will 'lag behind'.
Cllr Tony Dempsey proposed that the plan be adopted, while he was seconded by Cllr Moore.