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Role and Activities of The West Regional Authority


  • To promote co-ordination and where appropriate, co-operation, joint action, joint arrangements, agreements, communication or consultation between local authorities or other public authorities in the region or between such authorities of other regions;
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  • To foster co-ordination, consistency and compatibility with programmes, plans policies, proposals or objectives of the Government or any Minister of the Government;
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  • Oversee the co-ordination of the provision of Public Services in the Region;
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  • The adoption of the Regional Planning Guidelines under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended;
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  • The implementation of the Regional Planning Guidelines under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended;
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  • Reviewing draft development plans and their consistency with the Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 and regional requirements;
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  • Making of statements on matters as may be requested by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government or a constituent Local Authority;
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  • Reviewing the overall development of the region and the making of statements on them as appropriate and keeping under review the provision of public services in the region;
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  • Provision of proposals, advice, recommendations or information to Government in relation to applications for EU assistance;
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  • Publishing periodic regional reports;
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  • Monitor the general impact of all E.U Programmes under the National Development Plan/Community Support Framework in the region;
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  • To promote the rollout of broadband access through the establishment of sustainable broadband services in towns, villages, rural hinterlands and underserved areas of larger towns on the basis of local/regional authority coordination, etc.
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