Last autumn, the Local Action Team was invited by the council to help put together a Neighbourhood Action Plan for the area. The point of this is to involve residents more closely in neighbourhood issues, and to improve collaboration between the community and local services to bring about improvements. Having a Neighbourhood Action Plan which has been designed by residents will help us to make sure that the council and others understand our area and our priorities, and that our community is best placed to take part in work to bring about positive changes.
Since that time an informal working group has met regularly, which has included individual residents as well as representatives from community groups, tenants and residents associations, universities, council and community development staff and others. Using public questionnaires and surveys, the group has come up with some ideas and themes for the plan – something to talk about – and now we need to include you in the conversation.
The first of our public events will take place at the Hanover Centre on Sunday March 4th, 1pm-4pm, where we will have ideas from the draft plan for you to comment on, fun activities to take part in, and the chance to become more involved in producing the final plan and making sure that the things you think are important get considered.
For more information, and to look at the themes already developed see the Neighbourhood Action Plan pages on this site
Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!
Our first meeting of the new year will take place on Tuesday February 13th.
The main topics so far are the developing Neighborhood Action Plan – sharing the themes which are developing so far, and looking at strategies to tackle graffiti in the area.
For the Graffiti topic we will welcome Tim Read from the council, who works on restorative justice in the City and will also be looking at enforcement, community action and support from Sussex Probation Service
For the Neighbourhood Action Plan, the following key themes have been developed:
Theme one: Refuse, recycling & street cleansing
Theme Two: Crime and Community Safety.
Theme Three: The Environment: Green space, biodiversity & sustainability
Theme Four: Neighbourliness & Community Facilities
Theme Five: Health
Theme Six: Digital Resilience
The next step is to get suggestions, comments and thoughts on these themes from across the area, and there will be information on some planned events and activities.
A final agenda will be put out in the next couple of days. Look forward to seeing you at the meeting
Work on developing our Neighbourhood Action Plan continues apace. Since the summer this has been done by a working party – loosely becoming described as the Community Coalition and made up of residents in the area, as well as representatives from local groups, including the LAT, Friends of the Patch, Queens Park RA, The Hanover Community Association, Phoenix Residents Association, Hanover Action, Phoenix Gallery and others. For meeting notes and general info see HERE
The really important thing now is for this to open up to the wider community – get more people involved – and the first step is our Community Survey in Three Questions which volunteers are taking around to various local events, and the point of it is to get a steer from as many people as we can about the important local issues. We will use this survey to help identify broad themes which are important for the ward, and use these to base a more detailed survey and conversation/consultation events which will take place early next year.
The timeline we are working to is to have a plan written by May 2018. which will have support from the community, will have identified local issues, challenges and opportunities, and will include actions to change or improve things in partnership with the council, police and others.
The council are helping by providing some money to pay for printing costs, meeting rooms and other things, and staff from the council Communities Team are giving other support, but making a proper plan for our neigbourhood will take more than money – it also needs YOU to get involved – you, and your neighbours and our neighbours and all!
To find out more and to join in, come to the Local Action team meeting on Thursday, where you can give your views, or if you can’t come, complete the online version HERE
If you would like to be added to the working group email list, leave your details on our contact form HERE
At the last HEGLAT meeting we discussed the way that that Hanover and Elm Grove is one of the councils pilot areas for partnership working with the community and it was agreed that a community led action plan should be explored with council support over the coming months.
A working group has been set up to work out how to identify priorities and involve as many people and local groups in the production of this action plan, and will try to meet twice over the summer and then report back with some recommendations to the wider LAT when we meet again in the autumn.
The plan would identify the local priorities and set out how the local groups, the different council services and other agencies (such as police, health, universities) will work together do to tackle these priorities. The issue of lack of council resources to achieve any desired changes was raised as an obstacle, but it was suggested that by putting some resources into this partnership between residents and the council more could be achieved within the existing resources.
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