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NILGA - MICHELIN FACTORY CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT A MASSIVE BLOW FOR THE REGION

03 November 2015

Alderman Freda Donnelly, Chair of NILGA’s Economic Development & Investment Working Group expressed the Associations profound regret at Michelin’s announcement that it plans to close its Ballymena factory by 2018.

NILGA: £2.1 MILLION TOWARDS COUNCILS RATE SUPPORT GRANT ���ESSENTIAL & WELCOMED”

22 October 2015

At Tuesday’s 20th October 2015 meeting of the central/local government Partnership Panel, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced that a large part of the Rate Support Grant payable to councils, which had been obliterated in cuts, will be restored.

STRATEGIC PLANNING STATEMENT

06 October 2015

COUNCILS NOW HAVE A FRAMEWORK TO MAKE KEY LOCAL DECISIONS - NILGA. The just published Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) was reviewed in full today, 6th October 2015, by NILGA’s all council Planning and Regeneration Working Group.

COUNCIL MEMBERS LEARNING TOGETHER - KEY INFORMATION GUIDES LAUNCHED

25 September 2015

Today at the NILGA Full Members meeting in Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, the Association launched two new key information guides for elected members and councils.

LOCAL COUNCILS UNLOCKING LOCAL TALENT

25 September 2015

The first meeting of NILGA’s Economic Development & Investment Working Group, Chaired by Alderman Freda Donnelly, took place on the 22nd September 2015.

Results of the 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition

11 September 2015

New locations hitting top spots. The results of the 2015 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced September 10 officially recognising Northern Ireland’s top gardening talent.

GOVERNMENT MUST CREATIVELY WORK TO SUSTAIN 3000 DAIRY FARMING JOBS ACROSS NI

30 July 2015

Councillor Cáthal Mallaghan, newly appointed local government Chair of NILGA’s Rural Development Action Team, has called for creative work and specific resources from government including direct European milk price intervention as part of dealing with the sustainability crisis in Northern Ireland’s dairy and wider farming sector.

GREATER EXCHANGES BETWEEN TAX AUTHORITIES IN EU MEMBER STATES NEEDED

21 July 2015

Alderman Arnold Hatch, NILGA Vice-President and UK Delegate, Committee of the Regions (CoR) European Conservatives and Reformists Group spoke following the CoR Economic Policy Commission (ECON) meeting on 15th July 2015. The meeting debated the need for fostering greater exchanges of information between tax authorities in different EU member states.

NEW NILGA PRESIDENT - JOINED UP GOVERNMENT CAN HELP ERADICATE “LEGAL HIGHS”

25 June 2015

Alderman Carla Lockhart, appointed NILGA’s new President earlier this month, has heralded new legislation to prohibit sales of “legal highs” by giving enforcement powers to multiple agencies including the PSNI and Councils to reduce access to and sales of so called “legal highs”.