Young people must be consulted in Development Plan process – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for young people’s views to be listened to in framing the new City and County Development Plan for Waterford. McGuinness made the comments as the Council debates the direction the plan should take. 

McGuinness said:

“Children and young adults must consulted as we prepare this plan. A proactive and age specific approach should be employed to seek their views on all aspects of the plan – which range from housing, to sports facilities, to job creation and climate change.

“Not only must their views be sought, but they should be considered just as seriously as anyone else’s. Today’s teenagers and young adults may well find their future life decisions impacted by this plan, whether it comes to buying or building a house, or being able to stay and work in their rural community. 

“The intention is for this plan to last until 2028, and its repercussions will be felt far beyond that. Its important that young people are allowed to be part of the planning process. 

“I’m sure that through online media and through targeted liaison with groups operating in the educational and youth work spheres a worthwhile, and forward-looking, consultation could take place.”

The Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028 is currently being drafted. It sets out strategic objectives and planning policy for Waterford. There will be a public consultation on the draft plan from June 2021.