Community Planning Partnership Board Meeting June 2019
The latest CPP Board meeting took place in East Ayrshire Council Chambers on Thursday 13 June 2019.
Social Security Scotland
The Board were joined by Caroline Scott, Local Delivery Relationship Lead, Social Security Scotland. Caroline provided an overview of the new agency and the social security system which it has assumed responsibility for delivering across Scotland.
Social Security Scotland is responsible for administering a range of benefits for people on low incomes, disabled people and carers as these are being devolved from the UK government.
Locally in East Ayrshire there will be a dedicated, co-located service which will sit alongside the existing Financial Inclusion Team in the Johnnie Walker Bond, Kilmarnock; Rothesay House, Cumnock; and Dalmellington Area Centre. This local presence will be supplemented with ‘pop-up’ surgeries in local communities, as and when required.
More information on the various benefits delivered by Social Security Scotland is available at mygov.scot
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Consultation on the Strategic Plan 2019-22
Members were advised that Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Draft Strategic Plan 2019-22 has been released for public consultation. The formal consultation process will take place over a ten week period up to 18 July 2019 and, following the consultation period, all responses will be analysed and used to inform development of the SFRS Strategic Plan 2019-22.
Strategic Priorities Update: Community Led Regeneration
One of the CPP Board’s identified strategic priorities for the period 2018-21 is community led regeneration and the Board welcomed the update report that was provided, highlighting the recent progress which has been made in relation to regenerating communities across East Ayrshire.
The report covered the implementation plan which has been developed in relation to this strategic priority and the package of projects agreed by East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet on 1 May 2019 to utilise East Ayrshire’s £1.7m allocation from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund.
Updates were shared in relation to a range of wellbeing items including:
LOIP Review and Annual Reporting
Members received an update on the review and development of the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan 2018-2021 and approved the proposed arrangements for reporting on our annual performance 2018/19.
As in previous years, the annual report will be presented at the joint engagement session with the CPP Board and Elected Members of East Ayrshire Council, which will this year take place on Thursday 19 September 2019. A public facing annual performance report will also be published on the community planning website.
Transport is one of the recurring issues which is identified in discussions across our community planning partnership. While it is recognised that many of the solutions to these issues do not sit solely within the gift of our partnership, the CPP does have an important role to play in influencing and shaping the wider transport agenda at a regional and national, as well as local, level.
This ‘influencing’ role is particularly important at the present time, to ensure that we maximise the opportunities presented by the Ayrshire Growth Deal and achieve our wider ambitions for East Ayrshire, for example in relation to tackling child poverty.
It has therefore been agreed, with colleagues in Ayrshire Roads Alliance and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, that the August 2019 meeting of the Community Planning Executive Officers Group will include a spotlight session on transport, to allow discussion of the specific action that requires to be taken to allow our CPP to shape the emerging transport agenda in a meaningful way.
Particular consideration will be given to Ayrshire Growth Deal (and related transport appraisal); Strategic Health Developments; and the Local Development Plan 2 within these discussions, and colleagues from Ayrshire Roads Alliance and SPT will be in attendance. An update on the outcome of the session will be provided to a future CPP Board meeting.
Ochiltree Community Hub
Community Council Representative Beth Griffin invited Partners to attend the preview weekend for the opening of Ochiltree Community Hub, which will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019 between 1000 hrs and 1600 hrs or Sunday 30 June 2019 between 1230 hrs and 1600 hrs. Members of the local community are also invited to drop in, to explore their new facility and enjoy a complimentary refreshment. The Hub can be found at 45 Main Street, Ochiltree or online @ochiltreehub on Facebook.
Jim Scott, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The meeting concluded with a presentation to Jim Scott, who was attending his final meeting as the Local Senior Officer for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). Members thanked Jim for his service to the Community Planning Partnership over the past 20 years and wished him a very happy retirement.
Jim is replaced by Ian McMeekin, who takes over as the SFRS Area Manager for East, North and South Ayrshire with effect from 1 July 2019.
2019 Meeting Dates
The following dates were agreed for CPP Board Meetings in 2019:
- 9am on Thursday 19 September 2019 (Joint Performance Engagement Event with East Ayrshire Council)
- 2pm on Thursday 26 September 2019
- 2pm on Thursday 5 December 2019