On Tuesday last 19th June, Westmeath Community Development officially launched their Village Action Plans for seven Villages. The evening proved a great success and the positivity and energy in the room was clear to be seen.
Peter Ormond, Community Development Worker at Westmeath Community Development was M.C. for the evening and speakers included, Bernie Leavy, (Leader Programme Manager), Hugh O Reilly, Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council, Blue Moss Consultants, representatives from the various villages. The plans were officially launched by the Chairperson of Westmeath Community Development, Dermot Leavy who spoke of the positivity of the process and he encourages the communities to work with the agencies to implement their plans.
Improving the lives of those living and working in rural communities in Westmeath is a priority for Westmeath Community Development. Last year, Westmeath Community Development and Westmeath County Council came together and developed a joint strategy for Towns and Village Action Planning Initiative.
Westmeath County Council have provided funding for 8 town plans and Westmeath Community Development provided funding for this initiative through the Leader Programme 2014-2020. The seven villages included in the process were Multyfarnham, Streete, Rosemount, Collinstown, Castletown Geoghegan, Milltownpass and Coole.