North Channel Partnership action plan approved

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council representatives during a visit in August this year.

A STRATEGY and Action Plan has been developed under the North Channel Partnership between Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Dumfries & Galloway Council in Scotland.

Officers from the neighbouring councils have collaborated to compile a plan which details the significant recent progress in revitalising the relationship between the two regions.

Larne Harbour. Picture – Google Maps


The plan aims to reflect the strategic priorities agreed by members at a key workshop during a visit of elected members and officials from Dumfries & Galloway Council to the borough in August.

The draft plan document reflects the North Channel’s Partnership’s five key ambitions for joint working in the areas of Ports and Infrastructure, Digital, Food and Drink, Tourism Offer and Collaborative Events.

This partnership between the two councils was formalised earlier this year.

Developing the road network is high on the agenda.

It would be a significant trans-European route which, when completed, will exploit the economic potential for both council areas, officials say.

Chair of the Borough Growth Committee, Councillor Gregg McKeen, said: “I am happy to propose this action plan and as a Council we should continue to push for a growth deal with our neighbouring council, Dumfries & Galloway.

“It is imperative that we keep this going and keep the momentum high.

“With the cooperation from Dumfries & Galloway this relationship can be very positive and we should continue to drive this forward and push for a growth deal for the two areas.”

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