Waterways Forward project partner, South Tipperary's Heritage Officer describes development of the River Suir Action Plan as the main output from their participation in the Interreg IVC project. Labhaoise McKenna explains how stakeholder and community engagement supported development of the plan.
Starting with a analysis of existing strategies the potential and opportunities of the local area were reviewed and weaknesses and strengths identified. This was then further developed by running a series of locally based community workshops. In addition, 2 seminars were held where local interest groups, stakeholders, land-owners and local authority representatives described their involvement and outlined needs and wishes for the River Suir Action Plan.
S Tipperary have now identified some strands of funding to support the Plan's roll-out and with the support of a new European Regional Development Funded project, "Blue and Green Futures" it is hoped that the River Suir Actio Plan will be further developed over the next year.