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  • Department for the Economy - Project Stratum – Discrete Superfast Review

    Status: open Closing Date: Monday 15 August 2022

    Public Review for additional eligible premises

    Project Stratum is a broadband intervention scheme managed by the Department for the Economy (DfE), developed to improve connectivity for premises unable to access broadband services of at least 30 Megabits per second.

    When Project Stratum deployment concludes in early 2025, it is expected that previously identified eligible premises will be able to access Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps), except for some particularly difficult to reach premises which are surrounded by bodies of water.

    A number of premises were not identified as eligible due to claims made by infrastructure providers about NGA coverage that has either changed or have not been substantiated sufficiently. Further premises were not identified as eligible due to there being insufficient data held by DfE regarding them.

    DfE now wishes to identify eligible premises to ensure that any cost savings that may arise through Project Stratum, such as removing derelict premises or from other sources, can be used to connect eligible premises that will benefit from an NGA broadband connection.

    Further funding will be required to include additional premises in the intervention. If DfE is able to secure additional funding, it may not be able to secure it for all identified eligible premises.

    How you can help

    DfE is requesting information and supporting evidence in relation to NGA broadband infrastructure within the project area and wishes to hear from all relevant stakeholders (including residents, businesses and broadband infrastructure operators), particularly in relation to areas to be targeted as part of the NGA intervention area.

    For the avoidance of doubt, there is no need to respond to this public consultation if you have no comment to make.

    Please follow the link below to the DfE website where you can view lists of postcodes that have been provided.

    We invite residents and businesses to review these postcodes and respond as per the advice on how to respond.

    More details on this can be found on the Department of the Economy page on NIDirect.

    This consultation will be open until 3pm on 15 August 2022.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Department for the Economy by email, at stratum@economy-ni.gov.uk.          

  • Carnfunnock Country Park Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Wednesday 8 June 2022

    Carnfunnock Country Park is a 191-hectare park located between Drains Bay and Ballygally, near Larne.

    It is conveniently situated on the A2 Antrim Coast Road, 3.5 miles north of Larne. The park consists of mixed woodland, gardens, walking trails, adventure play park, café, caravan park, and stunning Antrim Coast and North Channel views.

    The country park opened in July 1990 and has remained largely unchanged since then.

    Recognising the need to future-proof the park and ensure that it continues to meet changing public needs, Park Hood was engaged to complete a draft masterplan for the Park and a number of potential actions were identified in 2018.

    Some of these actions have been completed, however, the rest will require significant investment. An opportunity has arisen for Council to apply for external funding to help deliver these actions at Carnfunnock so now is the opportune time to re-engage with the public to ensure that the priorities previously identified are still valid.   
     

  • Performance Improvement Plan 2022-23 Consultation

    Status: closed Closing Date: Tuesday 24 May 2022

    The Local Government Act (NI) 2014 places a general duty on Councils to “make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of its functions”, and includes a statutory requirement to publish a Performance Improvement Plan by 30 June each year. Within it, Council must set one or more Improvement Objectives and have appropriate arrangements in place to achieve them. 

    Our Performance Improvement Plan sets out a number of Improvement Objectives for the upcoming financial year and explains what we hope to achieve, how we plan to do it and how our citizens will be better off as a result.

    For 2022/23, Council is proposing six Improvement Objectives, and we would like to hear your views on them.

    The closing date for the consultation is 12 noon on Tuesday 24 May 2022.

    At the end of the consultation period, we will review the proposed improvement objectives in light of your feedback. 

    Should you require any further information or hard copies of the survey or the draft Plan, please contact:

    E: Performance@midandeastantrim.gov.uk