The Local Government Act, 2001 provided for the establishment of Strategic Policy Committees. The thinking behind this was that an opportunity would be afforded to the elected Members of the Council to work in partnership with representatives of groups that would have an interest in specific policy areas. The representatives of the groups are often referred to as the Sectoral Representatives. They are selected in accordance with a Strategic Policy Scheme.
The Members of Laois County Council at their meeting on the 29th July 2019 adopted a draft Strategic Policy Scheme for the period 2019 – 2024. A copy of the draft Scheme can be viewed here.
In Laois, there are 4 Strategic Policy Committees dealing with policy matters.
The draft Scheme provides for the following Committees:
- Housing Regeneration and Planning,
- Climate Action and Community,
- Transport, Environment and Emergency Services, and
- Enterprise, Economic Development and Tourism.
Submissions in relation to the draft Scheme should be forwarded to Donal Brennan, Director of Services, Áras an Chontae, Portlaosie, Co. Laois to be received no later than 12 noon on Friday 6th September 2019.