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1 Town and parish councils: delivering better and differently James Kingston Lance Allan

2 2 DCLG’s objective To help town and parish councils deliver more  devolved services from principal authorities; alternative models of delivery; additional services Can depend on effective partnership working between the tiers

3 The opportunity  Track record of delivery in Our Place from town and parish councils  Over 100 applications to the ‘Delivering Differently’ programme  Public service transformation network  Financial climate 3

4 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community Town centre location Surrounding the Civic Centre, Next door to car-parks and a new cinema, restaurant & hotel development Events venue Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK

5 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community Seven year’s hard work - promises, promises Adopt strategy, change to unitary & then Localism Funding squeezed – no investment Wiltshire Council asset transfer policy One year full funding then nothing Toilets and play areas ongoing 50% Town Council requirements Full control, No long term financial dependency Funding for longer to smooth the transition Agreement Rolled up 25 years into a five year funding package Transfer agreed – July 2013 Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK

6 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community New cabinet member – more transfers expected Allotments – April 2014 Future Packages of +/- assets + generate income – car-parks - increase costs – recreation grounds, play areas Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK

7 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community Before & After A safe place to walk Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK Improve security - remove shrubs and fences Improved lighting Exposing spring bulbs

8 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community Before & After Play Area Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK £30,000 S106 funding New fencing New equipment No new signs!

9 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community Before & After Pond Discover TROWBRIDGE PARK Pumps working Improve visibility Refurbish seating Appreciated by public and ducks!

10 Trowbridge Town Council Working with the Community We Know Our Place £3000 grant and consultant support Working with Wiltshire Council, Community Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Group Coordinate development of Town Centre Masterplan Railway Station Improvements Campus – Leisure and Health Commercial development Business Improvement District Wayfinding Car-parks Re-branding OUR PLACE

11 DCLG’s approach To inform, enthuse, network, support A call for evidence Your examples wanted! Aim to help create a network - but what should it look like? 11

12 What we need from you Examples of innovative, efficient delivery and partnership working Ideas How can the expertise in the sector be captured, shared and deployed? -network of practitioners? -web based resource? -networking events? How to involve principal authorities? 12

13 Resources 13

14 What we need from you Ideas Over to you… 14


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