East Border Region Members welcome North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretaries

10 March 2011

East Border Region held its quarterly Members Forum meeting on Thursday 10th March in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. Special guests at the meeting were North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretaries Ms Mary Bunting and Ms Anne Barrington.

The East Border Region who are part funded through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme and are represented by 60 Elected Members were delighted to hear of the work of the North South Ministerial Council and of how East Border Region can benefit from networking with the Council on issues relating to cross border economic development. In tandem the Joint Secretaries were pleased to learn of the work of East Border Region and delighted to be afforded the opportunity to meet with Elected Members.

Ms Mary Bunting assured members that the Joint Secretariat would work with East Border Region on areas of common interest. “I and Anne are delighted to be here today and to learn first-hand of the excellent cross border work which EBR does. It is important for us to keep the lines of communication open and to network on areas of common interest. Our doors are always open and we look forward to working with East Border Region in the near future”.

Members also received a detailed overview of the recent INTERREG IVA funded Energy Efficiency and Micro Generation project by Mr Joseph Birt, Down District Council. This project funded to the tune of £778,814 will conduct energy efficiency audits on 50 Local Authority buildings across the region. The findings of the audits will lead to the ion of 8 exemplar buildings which will receive capital improvements through the installation of renewable technologies which will greatly improve efficiency ratings.

EBR Vice Chairman Cllr John Feehan thanked Mr Birt for his detailed presentation and commended the Officers involved. “I would like to thank Joseph for his detailed presentation and for the hard work he and the other 9 Officers from our Local Authorities have put into making this project a reality. Given today’s economic climate this is an extremely worthwhile project in that it will afford Local Authorities to make energy savings across their buildings and through the detailed monitoring of the renewable technologies will provide much needed evidence on the success of the technologies used”. Vice Chairman Feehan also thanked Ms Mary Bunting and Ms Anne Barrington for their presentation and for their support in relation to the work of East Border Region.

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