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LG Technical Advisors Group Presidents Conference

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Enabling Sustainable Service Delivery through Collaboration

Conference 2019 is based around the three main themes of Sustainable Development, Collaboration and Enabling Service Delivery and aims to stimulate and advance the debate on the linkages between all of the themes in a local government context.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Poliocy Advisor to UN on Sustainanble Develoment

  • John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy, Queens University of Belfast

  • Derek McCallan, Chief Executive, NI Local Government Association

  • Dr Christine Doherty, Derry City & Strabane District Council

  • Alan McVicker, Strategic Advisor & Head of Council Support Unit, Strategic Investment Board

  • Conor Loughrey, Director of Network Services, Department for Infrastructure

  • Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Corporate & Public Affairs, British Parking Association

  • Owen Lyttle, Head of Waste Policy, Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs

  • Brett Ross, Chief Executive Officer, River Ridge

  • Colin Shaw, WDR&RT Taggart Ltd


We have experienced significant public pressure in recent times on how public services are delivered in terms of their impact on society and the environment at a time of ongoing resource pressures and political uncertainity. This uncertainity is clearly evident in relation to devolution in Northern Ireland and its position within Ireland the UK and Europe. The reorganagisation of local governement within Northern Ireland in April 2015 both reduced the number of Councils from 26 to 11 but also saw the devolution of powers such as Planning to the 'new' Councils along with the introduction of new powers in relation to Community Planning for example.

Councils have undergone radical change in the last four years with organisational structures now more settled as they start their second term. The absence of a sitting Northern Ireland Assembley since early 2017 has resulted in a lack of progress on many key matters at a regional level. Given the significant variance between Council remits in NI as against those in the rest of the UK and Ireland TAG NI has had a narrow remit with a significant focus on waste managemnt and associated Technical Services. The unique position of NI as being the only part of the UK with a land border with another European Union state has become a key issue in the Brexit Debate .

Whilst the population of NI at 1.89 million represents only 3% of the UK total it represents 30% of the population of Ireland as a whole. Recent years have seen steady population growth combined with a significant increase in tourism which has placed increaing demands on the environment, housing, roads and transportation, and enabled significant growth in the hospitality sector particularly in the Greater Belfast area which is increasingly seen as the economic hub of NI. Having suffered badly in the 2008 recession NI has seen staedy but low level recovery with significant numbers of local engineering contractors having to operate away from 'home'.

In order to deliver coherent services and to access funding opportunities Councils are increasing their collaboration though a range of formal and informal arrangements. However, further progress does need to be made in developing effective relationships between Councils themselves and other Government Agencies, something which is progressuing though the Community Plans. Furthermore, the interaction between the public and the private sectors is critical to the overall success of cost effective service delivery whilst the extent of this involvement is a matter for individual Councils.




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