North Somerset Partnership Stakeholder Bulletin No.4 by LeesRadford


									                                                         Partnership Bulletin – Jan/Mar 07

                                           The North Somerset Partnership is the
                                           local strategic partnership for the
                                           district. It brings together senior
                                           representatives from public, business,
                                           voluntary and community organisations to
                                           work together to improve quality of life
                                           for everyone in North Somerset

        STAKEHOLDER BULLETIN                          JAN/MAR 2007
     Welcome to the North Somerset Partnership (NSP) E-Bulletin.
   Our aim is to keep you informed about the work of the NSP and its
                    associated delivery partnerships.
  In this issue:
     • Update on the NSP Annual Event 2006 – ‘Improving our Communities’
     • Update from the Sustainable Community Strategy Consultations
     • News from the Board
     • News from the South Ward Neighbourhood Management Team

                          ‘Improving our communities’ –
                     North Somerset Partnership Annual Event 2006
The     North     Somerset       Partnership  comments and identified anything missing
welcomed over 125 agency and community        from the information displayed.
representatives from across the district
to its Annual Event held on 23 November.      Delegates then spent time visiting the
                                              Delivery Partnership Showcase to discuss,
Keynote speakers presented information        with partnership representatives, key
on some of the initiatives that have been     issues and opportunities for working
developing over the past year:                together.
• The North Somerset Local Area
    Agreement                                 The additional comments will be added to
• South         Ward         Neighbourhood    the information already held by the North
    Management                                Somerset Partnership Board and Delivery
• Local Government White Paper ‘Strong        Partnerships when developing the new
    and Prosperous Communities’.              Sustainable Community Strategy for the
The young people’s Diary Room DVD was
premiered and proved to be a great hit!       A full event report will be available
                                              shortly. If you would like to receive a
Delegates considered the priorities and       copy or discuss the work of the North
issues identified by local people of all ages Somerset Partnership further please
in the Sustainable Community Strategy         contact: Lorraine Bush 01934 634888 or
consultations that took place during          email
Summer 2006.           They added their

                                                          Partnership Bulletin – Jan/Mar 07
Sustainable Community Strategy Consultation:
Here is a brief overview of our activities:

Between May and October 2006 we carried out a wide-ranging public consultation to
inform the development of the Sustainable Community Strategy. We would like to
thank all those who got involved; we were overwhelmed by your enthusiasm for taking
part and sharing your views.

What activities did you get involved in?
   •   Community Snapshots                      •   Maps and Flags
   •   Schools Art Competition                  •   Key Issues and Solutions
   •   Questionnaire                            •   Young People’s Diary Room
   •   Online Questionnaire                         Project
   •   Plant your Ideas                         •   Young People’s Audio Interviews
   •   Photo Displays                           •   Local Democracy Week
   •   Sustainability Wheel

Where did we meet you?
   •   North Somerset Show                      •   Youth Parliament
   •   Portishead Youth Sports Day              •   Weston, Clevedon, and Nailsea
   •   Portishead Flower Show                       Libraries
   •   Clevedon Lions Day                       •   Pill Resource Centre
   •   Banwell Community Event                  •   Youth Bus in Wrington, Blagdon,
   •   Nailsea Community Event                      Pill, Winford, Weston
   •   Pill Rag Week                            •   Weston Community Café
   •   Change 1 thing event, Winter

So how did we do?
   •   Over 1100 people aged from 8yrs-80yrs+ took part
   •   Over 350 young people were involved
   •   Most areas of North Somerset were covered
   •   Over 5,500 comments have been collected

What did you tell us?
We have collected a vast amount of evidence from our communities that can be used
to help shape the new Sustainable Community Strategy – due to be launched towards
the end of 2007.

We have been able to collect evidence about what people value in their areas and
communities. These include:
   • Protecting the natural environment & preservation of heritage sites
   • Maintaining and improving access to local services and community
   • Supporting the local economy and encouraging variety in the retail offer
   • Well designed built environments

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   •   Maintaining open spaces
   •   Well designed highways and pedestrian access for all
   •   A sense of belonging and feeling comfortable and safe
Throughout all our consultations young people have been keen to share their views and
shown a real community spirit. Priorities for young people include:
   • Being involved in shaping local services for young people
   • Transport Issues
   • Environmental Issues
   • To feel safe using local facilities such as parks
   • Wishing to bridge the generation gap
   • Improving the retail offer in towns across North Somerset
   • Improve access to local health services
   • Increased amount of affordable housing
   • Better information about what is happening in their areas
Although the consultation was about informing the development of the new
Sustainable Community Strategy, the results are being used to support other
initiatives and projects, these include: developing Delivery Partnership action plans,
the development of the Local Area Agreement, the Play Strategy lottery bid, Nailsea
School application, the Older People’s Strategy, the Gateways Project and
information to Parish Planning teams across the district.

Further information from the consultations will be included in future Bulletins.

To develop the Sustainable Community Strategy a Board sub-group has been set up
and will be working towards a first draft for consultation in July 2007.


News from the Board
A special Board meeting was held to agree the final draft Local Area Agreement
(LAA) before submission to Government Office South West on 20 December. For
further information about the LAA please contact

At this meeting it was also agreed to defer the annual meeting where the Chair and
Vice Chair are elected until July 2007 to take account of the significant changes
expected to follow the publication of the Local Government White Paper – Stronger
Prosperous Communities. Bob Wayne will continue as Chair in the meantime.
The Board received a presentation on the ‘Go 4 Life’ Healthy & Active Lifestyles
Strategy on behalf of the Culture, Leisure & Recreation Delivery Partnership. The
draft strategy was approved for public consultation. To take part in the consultation
visit the Partnership’s website at and look at
the ‘Our Work’ page or visit and search for ‘Go 4 Life’.

                                                          Partnership Bulletin – Jan/Mar 07
News from South Ward Neighbourhood Management Team
Since October 2006, the interim               staff team should develop a Community
Neighbourhood Management team have            Chest (a small grants pot for local
been working hard to ensure that the          groups and organisations). This has
South Ward gets maximum benefit               been done in conjunction with Quartet
from the new Safer Stronger                   Community Foundation and will be
Communities Fund.                             launched shortly.

Over the last couple of months the            A new permanent Neighbourhood
interim team have been looking at the         Management team was recruited just
results of the South Ward survey so           before Christmas and will start
that they can see what people think           formally on the 1st February 2007.
about things where they live. This will       They are Sara Brown (Neighbourhood
now be turned into a Strategy and work        Manager),    David    Davis    (Data,
plan to help tackle the issues in South       Monitoring & Evaluation Officer), and
Ward.                                         Cindy Eigler (Community Development
The Neighbourhood Management Board
has held a number of successful               The interim team have returned to
meetings. A number of key decisions           their day jobs. You will hear more of
around funding have been taken and a          Neighbourhood Management shortly
number of ‘quick win’ projects                with    the    development    of    a
identified. These are projects that can       communications strategy and further
be delivered quickly and have a big           partnership working.
impact. They also agreed that the

A Public Meeting is being held in the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare on
Monday, 5 March 2007, at 6.00pm for 6:30pm to discuss the Issues and Options for
waste management and planning in the West of England (North Somerset, Bristol
City, South Gloucestershire and Bath & NE Somerset).

This will include, among other things, considering how best to deal with the municipal
waste that is left after recycling and composting, and a Joint Waste Development
Plan Document that will identify sites/locations for future waste management
facilities both for municipal waste and for other waste streams such as commercial
and industrial waste.

Consultation documents can be found at You can take
part in the consultation online and the website also includes a discussion forum. The
consultation ends on 23 March 2007.

If you would like any further information on items mentioned in the Bulletin, or have
any comments please contact:
Valerie Kelly – Partnerships Support Officer       Tel: 01275 884379
Or email:

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