Public encouraged to have their say on Borders-wide Community Plan
The members of the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership are calling on local people to have their say on a new draft Community Plan.
Community planning is the process by which councils and other public bodies work with local communities, businesses and community groups to plan and deliver better services and improve the lives of local people.
The focus of the Community Plan is on improving outcomes for Borderers, particularly in our most deprived communities, and focuses on identifying and reducing inequalities between the most and least deprived communities.
The Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is made up of 14 statutory members – Borders College, Historic Environment Scotland, NHS Borders, Police Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership, Scottish Enterprise, SEPA, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish National Heritage, Scottish Sports Council (represented by Live Borders) SEStran, Skills Development Scotland and VisitScotland – and non-statutory partners including all local registered social landlords, Scottish Borders Community Council Network, the Scottish Government and representatives of the third sector.
Councillor Mark Rowley, chair of the CPP’s Strategic Board, said: “Following community engagement in February and March and the subsequent partner involvement in the development of the Community Plan, we are now seeking the public’s feedback on the outcomes we are aiming to achieve.
“Once an agreed set of outcomes are finalised, following the input of local people, we will begin to look at the relevant measures and targets and the actions required.
“Working collectively as a Partnership alongside our local communities and businesses we can tackle the issues that exist here in the Scottish Borders, but it is vital that our communities are involved at the outset in setting out what our outcomes must be, and that is why this consultation is an important first step.”
Councillor Rowley added: “All the partners recognise that different areas of the Borders face different challenges, and as a result five Locality Plans will also be produced which identify more localised outcomes we wish to achieve.”
The formal consultation period runs until Saturday 16 September. The outcome of the consultation will be presented to the CPP Strategic Board on Thursday 23 November.
The Community Plan and consultation form are available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/yourcommunityplan, in libraries and Scottish Borders Council Contact Centres, or by contacting the Community Planning Partnership Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 100 1800.
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