(by Cambridgeshire County Council)
The Localism Bill is expected to be enacted in autumn 2011. The
Community Engagement team has established a cross-directorate Localism and Community Engagement board to coordinate the council’s
Localism affects us all, so
colleagues from across the council are working together on this, as well as teaming up with partners.
Here is a taster of some of the work which
comes under the Localism banner, quite a broad range…
Shape Your Place – A website which has now rolled
out to all the market towns in Fenland designed to work with communities to improve their neighbourhoods. On
the site people can:
- find out what’s going on in their neighbourhood
a community issue or suggest ideas
- Receive a response from service providers and neighbours. Local
councils, the police and fire service commit to responding within 10 days.
Cambridgeshire Future Transport – Cambridgeshire Future Transport is a partnership initiative to achieve
better value for money, and greater community outcomes, from public spend on supported passenger transport. Here we are taking
a new approach to delivering the transport that is needed to achieve better value for money. Communities need more freedom
to determine how transport services are delivered and what local needs are. This project aims to explore
and help deliver this.
‘Our Somersham, Our Call’ – There are two complementary
pilot projects running in parallel in Somersham. Firstly, ACRE are leading a project to trial a new approach
to Community Led Planning. The aim is to engage more of the community in the parish planning process by
using visual methods, for example, members of the community will be venturing out to take photos of the things they like best
in their community and images capturing what they would like to change. This will inform the local priorities.
Secondly a Time bank is being established
with funding from Skills for Care. It is a way for people to come together to help others and help themselves
at the same time. Participants 'deposit' their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and
are able to 'withdraw' their time when they need something done themselves. Time banks help to
build cohesive communities.
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