Strategic Policy Committees of the Galway County Public Participation Network (PPN)

County Galway  PPN Seeks nominations for seats on the 5 Galway County Council’s Strategic Policy Committees
Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) (9 seats)
SPCs bring together elected members (councillors), and people actively working with social, economic, cultural and environmental bodies to develop and review policies related to council services.  SPCs prepare the groundwork for policies which are then decided on by the local authority, including as appropriate at municipal district level.
SPC Housing, Corporate and Recreation
Assessment of housing needs; management and provision of local authority housing; facilitating the provision of voluntary housing; assistance to persons housing themselves or improving their houses; provision of traveller accommodation; enforcement of certain housing standards and controls for private rented housing and promotion of social inclusion measures.  Swimming pools; libraries; parks; open spaces; recreation play and sport; art activities; museums; conservation and improvement of amenities, community initiatives.
Nominate
SPC Roads , Transportation and Marine
Road upkeep and improvement to meet economic and social needs; public lighting; traffic management; safety education as well as to meet Marine and Coastal needs.
Nominate
SPC Planning and Community
Physical planning policy including County Development Plans, County Heritage Plans, County Landscape Character Assessment, County Retail Strategy; control of new development and building; promotion of industrial, commercial and community development, enterprise support, supporting partnership/joint projects and supporting the economic elements of the Local Economic and Community Plan.
Nominate
SPC Environment, Water Services, Fire & Emergency Services
Waste management planning, waste disposal and recycling; burial grounds; civil defence; safety of structures and places; fire protection; elimination of dereliction; pollution control, public awareness and community based initiatives. Provision and maintenance of quality water supply and sewerage schemes to meet economic and social needs on the basis of a service level agreement with Irish Water; assistance towards the provision of piped water supply and/or sewerage facilities.
SPC Economic Development and Enterprise
Preparation of the economic elements of the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), the implementation and review of the economic elements of the LECP and the oversight by the elected members of the operation of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO).
Guidelines for groups in choosing nominees for election
In all cases we are seeking diversity in representatives in terms of gender, geography and experience.  We particularly welcome nominations from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in decision making.

  • Has the person got experience in the particular topic which they can bring to the table (i.e. Managing a network for Secretariat, Roads, Planning etc. for SPCs)?
  • Has the person got experience and knowledge of issues affecting groups in their sector i.e environmental, Social inclusion, Community and Voluntary etc?
  • Can that person make an effective contribution on committees etc?
  • Is the person willing to represent the views of all the groups who elect them, and not just their own?
  • Is the person willing to communicate with all interested PPN members regularly to discuss relevant issues?
  • Has the person the time to prepare for meetings (often involving reading large documents), attend meetings (which can be during day, evening or weekend time) and feedback to the groups who elected them?

In addition to the above, the following generic requirements must be met:

  • Elected representatives of Local Authorities cannot be nominated through this process.
  • If anyone nominated through this process subsequently decides to enter electoral politics he/she must immediately resign their PPN representative role and the relevant nominating PPN unit (Electoral College / Linkage Group) will choose a replacement.
  • A person who has been an elected representative of any level of Government (local or national) should not be chosen to represent PPN in any representative role for one year after completing their term of office.
  • Representatives will be expected to declare potential conflicts of interest. Employees or professionals, where significant conflict of interest occurs, cannot be nominated.
  • Groups who already have representational rights on a particular committee, cannot nominate to that committee (e.g. Farm organisations cannot nominate to a committee which already has a farming representative)

Specifically the role of the representative is to

  • Represent the PPN / Municipal Districts and be accountable to the PPN membership. They are not representing their own organisation.
  • Bring issues of relevance from the body that chose them to the policy making arena, and contribute to the work of the committee they are on.
  • Give feedback to the PPN on the outcomes of the policy meetings and the issues being raised.

Any queries or clarifications can be directed to dfeeney@galwaycoco.ie or 087 9455722.

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