New council seeking views

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has launched its first phase of community consultation to inform and shape community support and good relations across the new city boundary.

Launching online community development and good relations consultation for Lisburn and Castlereagh are (l-r) Joe Largey, Glenavy Development Partnership; Elana Patterson, Carryduff Forum; David Livingstone, Ballybeen Improvement Group; Mandy Gilmore, Atlas Women's Centre; and (front) Councillor John Gallen, Vice Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman and Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Visit

A survey questionnaire on community services and good relations is online at its new website

The purpose of the consultation is to help inform and assist the development of a Community Plan and Good Relations Plan to support community development and the promotion of good relations in the new council area. The council wants to hear from as many residents as possible through the survey.

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The initiative was launched with community representatives from both the Lisburn and Castlereagh areas, with the Chairman of the Shadow Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett; Vice Chairman Councillor John Gallen and the Chief Executive Dr Theresa Donaldson.

Mandy Gilmore from Atlas Woman’s Centre in Lisburn; David Livingstone, Vice Chairman of Ballybean Improvement Group in Castlereagh; Joe Largey from the Glenavy Development Partnership and Elana Patterson from the Carryduff Forum came together to help promote awareness of the community consultation among residents. Community Groups within the new area are also being consulted on community services and good relations.

A number of Public Consultation Events organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will also take place in January 2015 and the council would encourage residents to get involved and attend one of the events.

The Chairman, Councillor Thomas Beckett, said: “I would like to thank the community group representatives from both the Lisburn and Castlereagh areas for helping us launch this important work. We hope that people will get involved and provide us with their views on what is important to them so that community planning development work can begin in 2015.”

The Chief Executive, Dr Theresa Donaldson, said: “I hope that our survey generates plenty of feedback which will help us take our community-focused work forward.  The council will look to its community services and good relation provision across the new Lisburn and Castlereagh area in order to build on the work carried out to date.”

The citizen consultation survey is also available on the current Lisburn and Castlereagh websites and

Public Consultation Events will take place at the following locations.

Monday 19th January:

10.00am- 12.00noon Maghaberry Community Centre, Maghaberry Road,

Maghaberry, Lisburn, BT67 0JG

2.00pm- 4.00pm Lagan Park Centre, 28a Hillsborough Road, Dromara, BT25 2BL

7.00pm-9.00pm Castlereagh Civic Centre, Castlereagh Borough Council,

Civic and Administrative Offices, 1 Bradford Court, Upper Galwally, Belfast, BT8 6RB

Tuesday 20th January:

10.00am-12.00noon Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Hillsborough Road, Carryduff,


Wednesday 21st January:

7.00pm- 9.00pm Enler Community Centre, Enler Community Centre,

9 Craigleith Drive, BT16 2QP

Thursday 22nd January:

10.00am-12.00noon LaganView Enterprise Centre, Drumbeg Drive,

Old Warren Estate, Lisburn, Co. Antrim BT28 1NY

2.00pm- 4.00pm Bridge Community Centre, 50 Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP

7.00pm-9.00pm Halftown Hall, Halftown Road, Lisburn, Co Antrim Bt27, GB