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About County Kildare Public Participation Network (PPN)

About County Kildare Public Participation Network (PPN)

The public and local voluntary organisations in the community are invited to register with the new Public Participation Network (PPN) for County Kildare.

Kildare County Council is writing to all the organisations and groups it knows, encouraging them to Register with this network. They can do so by going to www.kildareppn.ie.

It will only take a few minutes to register.

The PPN will be the main link through which the local authority will connect with organisations in the community/voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors.

Through the PPN, representatives will be selected to participate in various processes of the County and its boards and committees, for example, Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs). The PPN will be organised at County and Municipal District levels. The PPN will be made up of community/voluntary, social inclusion and environmental organisations within that particular district.

In particular the role of the Network is:

  • To contribute to the local authority in developing a vision for the county for the well-being of this and future generations
  • To facilitate opportunities for networking, communication and the sharing of information between environmental, community and voluntary and social inclusion groups and between these groups and the local authority
  • To identify issues of collective concern and work to influence policy locally in relation to these issuesTo encourage and enable public participation in local decision making and planning of services
  • To facilitate the selection of participants from the environmental, social inclusion and voluntary sectors onto county decision making bodies

A national working group report on citizen engagement with Local Government was published in February 2014. The report set out recommendations on structures to promote more extensive and diverse input by citizens into the decision-making process at local government level.

The result will be a new framework for public engagement and participation, “The Public Participation Network (PPN)”. This network is being developed within each local authority area with a single register for County Kildare. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has issued guidelines for the establishment of PPNs in accordance with the Local Government Reform Act 2014, Section 46

To read more on this and to register with the new County Kildare PPN go to www.Kildareppn.ie

Ends

10 February 2015

 

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