Falkirk Community Planning Partnership carried out community engagement between January and June of 2018 to find out what residents in the Bo'ness, Blackness, Grangemouth and Upper Braes areas felt about the place they live.
This engagement helped us to understand the issues that are of greatest importance and relevance to you and your neighbours, and identify the areas of greatest need for more intensive Community Action Planning in order to target resources more efficiently.
Following this exercise, it was identified that Grangemouth would be supported to create a Community Action Plan and work has been progressing since late 2018.
Grangemouth Community Action Plan
A community event called 'Community Conversations' took place on 27 June 2019 at Bowhouse Community Centre where local issues were discussed in order to identify the areas for action in Grangemouth. The main themes for developing actions were:
- Housing and Accommodation
- Regeneration of the Town Centre and Charlotte Dundas Court
- Employment and Local Industry
- Community Pride
- Access to GP Services
Making Places Project
Falkirk Council successfully bid for Scottish Government funding to carry out community-led regeneration within Grangemouth Town Centre and Charlotte Dundas Court. The Council appointed Community Links (South Lanarkshire) to build upon the themes identified by the Grangemouth community during the consultation in 2018, with more of a focus on the areas that experience higher levels of deprivation.
They consulted with the local community between March and May 2019, by operating from a vacant unit in York Arcade, interacting with the local community by way of focus groups and community events. At the end of this process a design team was brought in to assist with new designs for the Town Centre and Charlotte Dundas Court. A report of recommended actions was completed in summer 2019 and formed the discussion points for the co-production workshops outlined below.
Local Staff Perspective
In order to assess local services and partnership working, an officer from the Community Planning team met with staff from the Council and partner organisations that work with the local community within Grangemouth to identify issues or barriers to service delivery and communication on the ground. A report of recommended actions was completed in summer 2019 and formed the discussion points for the co-production workshops outlined below.
In order to ensure community participation and ownership, and a realistic and achievable action plan, a series of workshops took place in September 2019 in which members of the community and local Council and Partner organisation staff came together to discuss the recommendations of the two available reports and finalise an action plan.
Workshop 1: Housing and Poverty
This workshop brought together local community groups, housing officers, housing associations, community safety, police, waste officers, community learning and development, and Citizen's Advice Bureau. Participants discussed solutions for local housing issues such as sustainment and waste management issues.
Workshop 2: Employment and Employability
This workshop brought together local community groups, employment and employability services, local education officers, CVS Falkirk and local business and industry. Participants discussed solutions for issues such as local training opportunities and opportunities within local industry.
Workshop 3: Town Centre/ Regeneration
This workshop brought together local community groups, economic development/ growth deal officers, Police Scotland, community safety officers, and estates officers. Participants discussed solutions for issues such as anti-social behaviour in the town centre and options for regeneration.
Following these workshops, a community action plan will be finalised alongside local community groups.