Shaping North Ayrshire process
Develope a plan for the Garnock Valley. Where are we now? where do we want to be? How do we get there?
If everybody knows what we are trying to achieve, they can all contribute to reaching the goal.
The plan should be geared towards preventing issues like poverty and employability, reducing the amount of resources needed to deal with them.
Now everybody is working really hard on their own thing, and none of the bigger issues are being overcome. At best some are being managed, but many are just getting worse through not tackling the root cause.
Get boots on there ground. Got out of the office and cars and walk the streets, parks, cycle paths, shops and amenities. See there are many good people and areas but also see areas with low community engagement, overgrown and abandoned, the pockets of criminal/substance abuse, littering, vandalism. Talk to local people.
Make the area more attractive, will lead to increased investment.
Agree strongly with John H. Come up with a plan and deliverables. It's better to have a plan that some people don't agree with, than no plan, no progress and a managed decline.
Stop allocating Irvine priority access to everything. There’s a substantial part of north Ayrshire which isn’t Irvine or the Three Towns area. There’s substantial inequality in the way that the Garnock Valley is treated. In planning. We appear as an afterthought snd are constantly neglected. So let’s have a plan to sort that out. Prioritise jobs, education to improve employability for employers, improve public transport and accessible travel links, shared use oaths etc. Economic boost thereafter helps improve health and well-being. All of these topics are inter-related and shouldn’t be looked at in their own bubble. Let’s have some joined-up thinking for a change! And, councillors, start acting for your wards, as you are meant to do. In the Garnock Valley, we only see one councillor who regularly contributes by getting things done. Improve your visibility, so that people know who you are, and what you do. I’m constantly seeing queries such as ‘who is my local councillor?’
I think there is a lot of work being done behind the scenes by a number of organisations. It would be good to shine a light on these groups (while protecting service users' anonymity) and also to co-ordinate their responses to avoid overlap and to identify gaps. This co-ordination should cover public, private and third sector organisations.
When back to some sort of normality, take a look at the garnock valley , a fact finding tour, as some times elected councillors can get out of touch with other areas,
Employment is important for the garnock valley as we seem to get left behind every where else, health is also a important issue here .
Ensure strong cohesion and links with education, regeneration, community wealth building, third sector....and HSCPs and the work going on in Locality Forums. Revisit our spend from CIF with an inequalities lens and think about targeting future spend