Category Archives: Politics

Open and accountable

Tim Gilling Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) writes on the importance of openness, accountability and good governance. I was delighted to be able to join local government...

Enforcing best behaviour

A year on from the introduction of the Code of Conduct for Councillors, The Northern Ireland Chairman of the National Association of Councillors, Councillor Charlie Casey discusses its implementation. Introduced last year,...

Developing a community plan

Director of Legacy at Derry City and Strabane Council, Oonagh McGillion explains the importance of engagement in community planning.   For Derry City and Strabane Council’s Director of Legacy, Oonagh McGillion and...

Planning transition progress

agendaNi looks at the performance of the planning system one year on from the transfer of powers to local government.   Speaking on the anniversary of the transfer of planning powers from...

Planning for the future

Clyde Shanks takes stock of the local development market and explains how the new planning system will require a culture change among political representatives and developers alike. It is a pleasure to...

Counting down to the handover

DoE Permanent Secretary Leo O’Reilly has outlined the expected benefits of local government reform and how the department is preparing for the transition to the new councils on 1 April. The Department...

New council powers

The ‘super-councils’ will assume a range of responsibilities, inheriting some from their predecessors and receiving other significant powers from central government. Existing At present, councils in Northern Ireland have relatively few powers...

Planning in transition

SOLACE’s planning spokesman David McCammick expects significant change but is confident that the reform process will succeed. An entirely new planning system will commence on 1 April, according to Antrim Borough Council...