LAOIS LOCAL ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY PLAN (LAOIS LECP)
The Laois Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) is a statutory Plan which was prepared to promote the economic and community development of County Laois from 2016-2021.
The LECP was prepared by Laois County Council and the Laois Local Community Development Committee (Laois LCDC) in consultation with other agencies, organisations and groups.
The plan was adopted by the Laois Local Community Development Committee (Laois LCDC) and Laois County Council in March 2016 and was formally launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore in September 2016.
The LECP provides a guide to the development of Laois up to 2021 and one of its main objectives is to ensure the effective co-ordination of publicly funded programmes such as SICAP – Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme and LEADER Rural Development Programmes.
Laois LCDC is responsible for implementing the community elements of the plan and the Strategic Policy Committee, or SPC, for Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning is responsible for implementing the economic element of the plan.
Both elements were developed in tandem and combined in the final LECP.
The plan comprises of 2 principal parts:
PART 1 – LAOIS SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATEMENT
This statement includes some background information about the preparation of the LECP. It comprises a profile of County Laois including some key facts, trends, strengths and opportunities relevant to economic and community development. It also sets out 10 High-Level Goals and a context for each Goal.
PART 2 – DETAILED OBJECTIVES AND ACTIONS
This section comprises specific, measurable and time-bound objectives and actions to promote economic and community development. The organisation or group responsible for delivering each action is specified, the committee responsible for overseeing the delivery of each action is also specified. Many actions are collaborative in nature involving a number of partners in these instances the lead agency is identified.