For years residents and business owners have been calling for action in Dromore to attract investment and improve the environment. Meetings have been held, people have spoken out, but disappointingly ambitious plans have often withered on the vine. Despite a consensus to move forward the challenges proved too complex to resolve.
Fortunately the new Regeneration Bill going through the Assembly will provide the opportunity to change all of that.
Speaking in the Assembly, on the… second stage of the Bill, I stressed that the Bill will provide significantly enhanced powers for Banbridge Council to act in the public interest and make change happen in Dromore.
During the debate, I highlighted the need to balance the desire to get things done with the rights of individual landowners, but stressed that local councils need the power to take action when it is in the public interest.
I want to see people given the power to enhance the local community, and the sooner the better as it will give us the opportunity to make Dromore a much more dynamic place.