Local Action Groups capture huge public interest

26 November 2014

PLEASE NOTE - Registration closed on December 19th 2014

The £70m LEADER rural development initiative is proving hugely popular with the public as interest in Local Action Group (LAG) membership soars after just two weeks of public information meetings.

A total of 30 public meetings are taking place throughout Northern Ireland with a further 10 second stage meetings planned in the coming weeks.  These meetings, which are being facilitated by the Rural Network for Northern Ireland in partnership with Rural Support Networks and engaging current LAG representatives, provide information about the LEADER programme, LAGs and the role local people can play in delivering positive change for the rural areas in which they live and/or work.

As the process reaches the halfway point, 792 people have attended their local meetings with 319 signing up for LAG membership to date.  

Teresa Canavan, Chief Executive of the Rural Development Council (RDC) and speaking on behalf of the Rural Network for Northern Ireland, said:

“The reaction of the public and their huge interest in becoming LAG members has been incredible so far.

“The success of LAGs and their impact on rural communities will be designed and delivered by their membership and it is fantastic to see so many people eager to get involved and help deliver tangible change in these areas.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to come along to the public meetings and learn more about the huge potential of LAGs and the importance of their membership.

“Further details can also be found at www.ruralnetworkni.org.uk

“Local input and contribution will be what makes the difference in each rural community and we are urging everyone to get involved with LAGs and help prioritise and target the schemes that will reduce poverty, improve employment opportunities and help rural areas to flourish and survive.”

The closing date for receipt of LAG Membership forms is Friday 19th December 2014.