Rural Development SPC – 18th September 2018 – Anny Wise

Rural Development SPC – 18th September 2018

Report by Anny Wise

Q1
Representative Name

Anny Wise

Q2
Committee Name

SPC Rural Development

Q3
Date of meeting:
  • Date / Time 09/18/2018
Q4
Your college
  • Environment
Q5
Municipal District
  • Shannon
Q6
Were you asked to raise any issues on behalf of Clare PPN members at this meeting?

Clarification of Terms of Reference of newly appointment Development Officers

Q7
Main topics discussed at the meeting:

Rural Development areas and Tourism

Q8
List any decisions made at the meeting:

Draft of Policy on Columbrium Walls discussed and approved.  Meeting the newly appointed Tourism officer and agreeing to preparing a County Clare Tourism Strategy

There have been four Local Development Officers appointed: each one having their own Municipal District. 3 attended the meeting.

Realising Clare’s Rural Potential – Our Life, Our Home 2026 has 8 objectives.

  1. 4,000 jobs in rural areas over 10 years
  2. Community-run Multi-Service Centres
  3. Towns working together and Parishes partnering each other.
  4. Managing the Environment
  5. Age-Friendly Communities
  6. Celebrating the rural way of life
  7. Broadband and Digital
  8. Transport, Education and Water
Q9
Do you require any action to be taken by Clare PPN staff as a result of this meeting?

Aspect of the Terms of reference for the 4 Local Development offices are within the approved County Rural Development plan called “Realising Clare’s Rural Potential 2016.

Report from Anny Wise on the Meeting of the Rural Development Strategic Policy Committee of September 12th 2017

Report from Anny Wise on the Meeting of the Rural Development Strategic Policy Committee of September 12th 2017

The official launch of the Clare Rural Development Strategy took place on Thursday 7th September in Kilmaley Day Care centre under a large Marquee. The following Tuesday the SPC for Rural Development met in the County Council offices and all the members were then informed of all aspects of this (first in Ireland) document which will set out Clare vision up to 2026.

This policy came out of a number of meetings by a Rural Development Forum which included 40 members from both elected, agencies and community organisations.  The whole scheme is new from the point of view that it is a bottom up system. that involved all stake holders and instead of ignoring the problems that is effecting Rural Ireland – it takles these head on with some very new initiatives.  I wish to thank the Forum of their long hours of work, mostly done on a voluntary basis and their future work – the next decision to be on the first years plan of action.   If any of you want to read the document it can be found here on Clare County Council’s webpage:  http://www.clarecoco.ie/community/publications/clare-rural-development-strategy-2026-26009.pdf

News report on the launch of the Rural Development Strategy can be read here:

http://clareherald.com/2017/09/minister-launches-clare-rural-development-strategy-2026-87720/

 

 

Clare PPN’s Submission to the Citizen’s Assembly on Tackling Climate Change

Clare Public Participation Network Submission to the Citizen’s Assembly

on the Issue

‘How can the state make Ireland a leader at tackling climate change?’

11th August 2017

Clare Public Participation Network wishes to make the following submission for consideration by the Citizen’s Assembly:

Leadership: Clare PPN calls for strong leadership from all levels of government to ensure that every department’s actions, and every piece of legislation passed is climate proofed. Further to this we call on the government to ensure no further licences for fossil fuel exploration are granted in Ireland’s territory. Clare PPN calls for every measure that is introduced to be poverty proofed and for mitigating steps to be taken if and when steps designed to tackle climate change have a negative effect on people’s socio economic status.

Climate Positive Communities Fund:Clare PPN wishes to suggest that the national government should pilot a programme where it rewards communities and individuals who come up with ways to reduce Ireland’s carbon footprint, to generate clean energy or to move towards food sovereignty in their own communities or in the country as a whole.  Clare PPN suggests that a national organisation employing people with the expertise to evaluate the climate impact of each proposal should be set up and should have the dual role of working to remove any barriers that exist for effective community action and of determining level of financial reward that each project merits. Clare PPN notes that based on current targets the Irish state will be liable for significant financial penalties for failing to meet its climate targets and suggests that the funding spent on a national programme such as the one suggested above would have the potential, if successful to reduce our exposure to such fines and to increase participation by the public in tackling climate change.  This suggestion would ensure that Ireland could help become a leader in tackling climate change by harnessing the power, creativity, local knowledge and resourcefulness that are features of every townland and village in Ireland.

Community Participation:Clare PPN calls on the government to radically alter how public consultations are conducted. In line with the Aarhus Convention it calls on the government to adopt policies and commit resources to ensuring that communities are engaged in decision making, planning, ownership, and ongoing management of any clean energy projects that are proposed in their areas. This approach should be followed in regard to all natural resources with particular reference to seaweed harvesting which appears likely to experience increased interest from private companies given recent findings that it may contribute to lessening climate impact from cattle farming.  Clare PPN wishes to stress that communities should be engaged from the conception stage in any project such as wind, wave or solar energy. Further to this communities must be resourced and supported to consider themselves as energy producers rather than only consumers. This requires significant action to ensure that micro producers of energy are able to efficiently and effectively sell any excess energy produced to the grid and able to access energy from the national grid. It is imperative than any blocks to this process or to communities becoming sustainable energy communities are removed. Clare PPN would like to call for the removal of prohibitions on Virtual Private Networks as these restrictions prevent collaborative approaches to sustainable energy generation for small groups or clusters where this may otherwise be an option.

Infrastructure: Clare PPN is based in a rural, agricultural county, parts of which are dependent on tourism for its sustainability. Clare PPN calls for more supports for environmentally sound tourism practices, for significant investment in environmentally sustainable public transport within the county and for support for innovative, sustainable land use including forestry. Clare PPN notes the existence of successful Community Supported Agriculture projects in Clare and wishes to commend and recommend these as models which could be developed and which are worthy of support. Clare PPN also notes the existence of wetland regeneration projects in County Clare and calls for these to be supported. Clare PPN also recognises the very successful Clare Bus company and call for additional support for them in their moves to become more sustainable, particularly in the area of EV based public transport. Clare PPN calls for a national and local programme of financial and administrative support for individuals and businesses to become self-sufficient in energy needs.

Any enquiries in relation to this submission may be directed to

Christy Sinclair,

Clare PPN Environmental College Representative

Phone: 087- 2244569

Email: sarah@clareppn.ie

Website: www.clareppn.ie

Twitter: @clare_ppn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clareppn/