Locality planning is when local communities work together with public and third sector organisations to improve residents' lives and the areas they live in.
Through locality planning we will be encouraging public and community participation in services and decisions which affect local communities such as improvements to local services, public buildings and facilities.
Where are the Localities?
There are three localities in the Falkirk Council area:
- East Locality (Bo’ness and Blackness, Grangemouth and Upper Braes)
- Central Locality (Falkirk North, Falkirk South and Lower Braes)
- West Locality (Denny and Banknock, Bonnybridge and Carse, Kinnaird and Tryst)
Each locality has around 50,000 residents.
Locality planning has started in the east of the District, with senior officers from a range of community planning partners overseeing the process.
Why Locality Planning?
The purpose of creating localities is not simply to draw lines on a map, but to provide a mechanism for more efficient and effective planning of services. It allows us to look at what we are delivering to local people and the differences the services we provide make. It also allows us to look at how we can be more effective and thus improve services while also being more efficient.
Locality planning also means that we will be able to engage more effective with local communities about how they can support the things that are important to them.
How does it work?
Residents have an important role to play in locality planning, as they will be asked to provide evidence either in person or by taking part in consultation. There will be a call for evidence about the services we deliver, the resources used to deliver services, community issues and what residents think about their area.
We will use the following to identify the key issues and service needs within specific communities:
- Data and analysis held by community planning partners
- Knowledge of public sector practitioners
- Existing community intelligence such as community enquiries and surveys
- Views of local people gained from consultation and engagement.
Local Groups will then work with key stakeholders to identify how things can change in a locality to ensure services are delivered in a more joined-up and effective way.
If a community has a key issue which needs to be addressed, a Community Action Planning Group will be set up to tackle this.
Locality Planning Partners
The partners involved in this process include:
- Falkirk Council
- NHS Forth Valley
- Forth Valley College
- Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
How can you get involved?
We will be carrying out a number of community focused consultation activities from January 15th until February 2018 in Bo’ness, Grangemouth and Upper Braes using the following means of engagement:
The simple tool allows communities to assess how their place feels and how well it works by collecting data about the physical (such as buildings) or the social aspects (such as sense of identity) of a specific area.
Individuals and groups will be able to provide feedback on community issues such as safety and security, transport and their sense of belonging to an area. This will help residents, statutory partners and third sector organisations build a consensus around important issues and tackle them.
Residents and partners will meet together to reflect on the emerging issues from previous forms of engagement in order to shape Community Action Plans.
Community action planning
Community Action Planning Groups look at community intelligence, partner evidence and professional knowledge to identify local issues which need targeted support and training or capacity building measures.
If you are interested in getting involved here’s how to get in touch