Garvagh High School Conversations

A big ‘Thank You’ to all those who took part in the Community Conversation on the 26th September – we had a really good turn out and gathered in some great ideas on the future of the High School. These are currently being assessed, added to and developed into a number of options which will form the basis of the final report. If you would like to see how these options are shaping up and talk through the thinking thus far then please come along to a further session we are running on the 21st November from 7pm at the GADDA Building.

In the meantime for those who haven’t been able to join in the conversations yet here are some of the highlights so far;

The need for a plan … allowing the school site to sit idle and gradually fall into disrepair is not an option – we need to develop a realistic, integrated and workable plan for how it might be developed in the future

The need to consider a number of options … we discussed
• Making provision for young people and sports activities
• Developing a multi use community facility – a venue, a meeting place, a productive space, a market, a campus, a play space – a resource for the entire community
• Facilitating the development of tourism – building on the museum and Garvagh’s other assets to create a proposition that will appeal to visitors and encourage them to stop, shop and stay
• Focusing on learning and developing skills – developing a centre of excellence in providing practical experience and focused training for real jobs

The need to be realistic … we must think carefully about what’s really needed and come up with a practical and realistic plan that delivers real benefits

The need to hear from others … we must ensure that as many voices as possible contribute to the discussion

If you can’t make the 21st November and are anxious to get in touch please contact Louise Browne on 07411081000. You might prefer to put your comments in writing, in which case please send them to Louise Browne Associates, 35 Glandore Avenue, Belfast BT15 3FD or e-mail louise@louisebrowneassociates.com. We look forward to hearing from you.