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Working with Town and Parish Councils. Area Committee – South East 12 March 2014 Helen Griffiths Senior Locality Development Officer. Format. Reminder of the proposals Increasing capacity Joint Meetings Review of the Charter Next steps / on-going work. Reminder of the proposals.

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working with town and parish councils

Working with Town and Parish Councils

Area Committee – South East

12 March 2014

Helen Griffiths

Senior Locality Development Officer

format
Format
  • Reminder of the proposals
  • Increasing capacity
  • Joint Meetings
  • Review of the Charter
  • Next steps / on-going work
reminder of the proposals
Reminder of the proposals

Key messages

  • Commitment to strengthening the relationships between NCC and T&PCs
  • Commitment of senior officers to lead the process
  • Benefits of partnership working to develop a joint vision and joint programme
  • Building on existing relationships
reminder of the proposals cont
Reminder of the proposals Cont.

Building on existing relationships

  • New Parish Liaison Working Group
  • Strengthening communication and engagement:
    • New regular programme of meetings
    • Two additional meetings:
      • Annual conference – May/ June
      • Budget – autumn
  • Asset transfer – feedback on outstanding issues
increasing capacity cont
Increasing capacity Cont.

Role of Locality Officers

  • Liaison role
  • First point of contact between NCC and T&PCs
  • Actioningand monitoring of identified issues
joint meetings
Joint meetings
  • Vital part of developing relationship
  • Not a political discussion
  • Demonstrate leadership and commitment at a senior officer level
  • Opportunities for joint planning
  • Improvement of local services
  • Reviewing and improving performance
  • Not about replacing the existing ways we communicate with T&PCs
joint meetings cont
Joint meetings Cont.

Information gathering

  • Planning (DM, policy, neighbourhood plans)
  • Neighbourhood Environmental Action Teams
  • Street lighting
  • Community spaces
  • Countryside and rights of way
  • Transport
  • Asset transfer
  • Community chest applications
  • Area committee feedback
joint meetings cont1
Joint meetings Cont.

Lead Officers for South East Area

joint meetings cont2
Joint meetings Cont.

Frequency of meetings

As a guide:

    • Main Towns - quarterly
    • Service Centres – 6 monthly
    • Clusters – 6 monthly
  • Initial meeting - discuss and agree purpose
  • Second meeting – start of meeting schedule
  • Clusters - further on-going work
joint meetings cont3
Joint meetings Cont.

Feedback from first meetings

  • 21 out of 23 meetings occurred
  • Support for meetings
  • Standard discussion points
  • Attendance
  • Mixed issues discussed
  • Additional points agreed in advance
review of the charter
Review of the Charter
  • Current Charter
  • Task and Finish Group
  • Develop concise framework document – to set out how NCC and T&PCs will work effectively together
  • Consultation on revised Charter

– 27 February to 9 April 2014

  • Proposed to adopt May 2014
  • Proposed launch June 2014 (Annual Conference)
next steps on going work
Next steps/ on-going work
  • Reinforce commitment to working with T&PCs
  • Review success of first round of meetings
  • Role of T&PC Clerks
  • Understanding wider relationships/ influences
  • Database of key issues and setting up process for capturing issues
  • Awareness raising – Members and Officers
  • Finalise proposals for clusters
  • Consultation on the proposed Revised Charter
  • Reviewing feedback on asset transfer
key contacts
Key Contacts

Kevin Bartlett

Locality Development Officer

[email protected]

01670 623416

Iain Hedley

Locality Development Officer

[email protected]

01670 620379

Debbie Longlands

Locality Development Officer

[email protected]

01670 620378

Richard Powell

Locality Development Officer

[email protected]

01670 623418

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