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Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh


Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)


Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Adult £4, Child £2


Reform Inform Issue #26 13 April 2015

A message from Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on Local Government Reform…


When I first took up post, it was just over 600 days until the new councils would take over. April 2015 seemed a long time away. It is now just one week until that date. A date that will mark a new era for local government in Northern Ireland. A date that represents big changes in the way our councils are structured and the functions they provide. A date that represents real opportunities for change and improvement.

When I look back at what has been achieved during this time, it is evident that a remarkable amount of work has been done by all involved. I thank each and every person for playing their part. Change is always challenging and these are big changes. Not only that, but for many people working on this programme, the changes directly affect them which makes it an even more testing environment.

As we embark on this new era, I’d also like to reflect on the past four decades and thank the councillors and staff of the outgoing 26 councils. It is on the strength of your work, often during difficult and dangerous times, that the new councils will go forward.

Looking ahead, our 11 new councils will take over on Wednesday 1 April. The significance of the date hasn’t escaped me but I will be the first to assure everyone that this is no joke. This is about strong local government. It is about giving councils more powers and flexibility to shape their areas and communities. It is about improving services to benefit those that use them. Central government is supporting these changes and already the Partnership Panel has been set up to improve co–ordination between both tiers of government.

I have said before that the real driver for this transformation will be the leadership, vision and openness to partnership working demonstrated by elected members and council staff. I wish all these people well and encourage them to continue to demonstrate their commitment to the journey ahead, ensuring that local government reform is the success that it has the chance to be.

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