Ron Bennett and Jan Papworth were in attendance to inform the board of
the work of the Big Local project in East Hastings. This funding
amounts to £1m over a ten year period which began in 2012.
The Big Local group is a resident led partnership made up of 13
elected people who live or work in the area as well as coopted members from statutory bodies such as HBC,
AmicusHorizon and Orbit housing
Ron Bennett gave a presentation to the Board
outlining some of the initiatives the Big Local programme has
undertaken, areas of particular focus and the goals it’s
working toward. Issues of particular focus include the current bus
service consultation which has proposed to reduce the number of
services throughout the area especially after business hours. This
will have a considerably detrimental effect on residents needing to
travel to or from work outside of traditional 9-5 hours.
Cllr Birch queried how the project will be
evaluated to know if it’s been successful in making a lasting
difference. Ron replied that a wide variety of both qualitative and
quantitative data will be monitored as the project progresses
utilising, amongst other tools, the Council’s Bi-annual Place
Survey to canvas the perceptions and opinions of residents.
The Board thanked Ron for the information. It
recognised that there are a number of positives to celebrate in the
East Hastings area including the provision of a number of
educational successes such as the College in Ore Valley and the new
Hastings Academy. Community facilities are plentiful although more
work to improve housing stock provision is needed.
Ron expressed the need for closer working with
partners and better links with businesses. Help in problem solving
would be most welcome as well as the ability to disseminate the
work of Big Local throughout the town. The Board pledged to support
in any way it can.
It was suggested to hold the next meeting of
the LSP Board in the Downs Farm Community Centre in order to
members to become more aware of the area and its residents. This
was agreed and further details will be distributed closer to the
time of the October meeting.