village plans: portaferry

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helping communities

Helping Communities Plan for the Future



Developed a Community Inclusive Plan to help identify and resolve local issues; and support the work of over 20 community and sporting groups within the town. The Plan also addressed under represented and marginalised groups, such as older people and ethnic minorities.

An online survey was followed by focus groups, informal visits and a public meeting which 50 people attended. In total over 300 people contributed to the report supported by a number of pertinent examples of best practice from elsewhere.

Portaferry runs the best annual community festival/gala on the island of Ireland. Every year groups within the village will compete in a fancy dress competition that attracts thousands of spectators. The level of preparation, imagination, technical prowess, creativity and commitment is extraordinary. Photos taken from Portaferry Gala website