28 Jul Westport Meeting, support from Mayo Tourism Officer and NI Environment Minister!
CC given support by NI Environment Minister, Co. Mayo Council’s Tourism Officer and a broad spectrum of interested parties who came to Westport meetings, including representatives of WESCO (Westport Environment, Sustainability and Community Organisation).
It’s been a busy few days for the CC! On Friday 24th July we had a very encouraging meeting with Anna Connor the Co. Mayo Regional Tourism Officer, on Saturday 25th July we had our Informal Open meeting in Westport and on Monday 27th July we had a meeting at Stormont in Belfast with Mark H Durcan as Environment Minister for NI along with a number of Planning officials.
A big thank you to everyone who supported the Aspiring Residents Informal Open Meeting in Westport on Sat 25th July. We had a packed house at the Westport Family and Community Resource Centre and the event could not have went any better. Special thanks to Linda McNulty for hosting us and to Professor Tom Woolley for a very stimulating and inspiring presentation on “Eco Village, Eco Buildings and Community Land Trusts.”
Anna Connor was very supportive of the project and has offered to help the Cauldron Community in any way she can. She said that our project fits perfectly with the local County Council’s current thinking on Responsible Tourism development for the area. So that is great news!
On Monday we met with Mark H Durkin as Environment Minister, along with representatives from the NI Planning executive. This is in relation to our considerations for the western counties of NI as a possible option for the Cauldron Community Educational Eco Village.
With perhaps even a cross-border cooperation aspect. Mark was very interested in and generally supportive of the initiative. The planners also think that under current NI planning regulations that we could build the Eco Village in NI and they agreed to work on putting an explicit openness to low impact Eco Housing into their next review and on that basis have offered to work with us in hosting a conference on the issue… details to follow…
Never a dull moment at CC HQ…