The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been
previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to update
Members on the programming and marketing plans for Christmas 2019.
Alderman McClintock welcomed the report. She referred to the Marketing
Activities as outlined within the report and the ‘buzz’ style messages and
asked that the word Londonderry be included as the word Strabane on the
messaging examples as this provided inclusiveness for all citizens from the
City and wider District.
Councillor Duffy also welcomed the report and voiced support of the previous
speaker’s suggestion. She expressed her excitement with the impending
programme of events throughout the City and District and in particular the
community events planned.
Alderman Devenney welcomed the report. He however sought clarification in
regards to the allocation of £1k funding to the 3 specific communities as listed
and queried why other areas didn’t avail of similar funding allocation.
Councillor Farrell referred to the location of the programme of events hosted
at the Guildhall Square and queried if any consideration had been given to
using the Ebrington site.
The Head of Culture in response to Members clarified that the £1k funding
grant allocation to the 3 communities had been inherited from the former
legacy Strabane Council and the existing budget or process did not allow for
further funding allocation to other towns and villages throughout the new
District Council area. She further advised that Officers intended to meet with
the groups to discuss the funding and to review options for the future. She
also clarified that it was decided to host the events at the Guildhall Square as
this proved a great success in terms of encouraging footfall into the city
centre in previous years.
Recommended that Council approve programming and financial arrangements as outlined within the report.