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Perry Walker of the New Economics Foundation presented to the Every Voice Counts Partnership on May 17 about his Border Group Rural Voices project, which worked with residents in the Border Group area ...

Perry Walker of the New Economics Foundation presented to the Every Voice Counts Partnership on May 17 about his Border Group Rural Voices project, which worked with residents in the Border Group area in Herefordshire. It looked to work with residents to improve their ability to affect decision making in the local area.

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  • Border Group Rural Voices Speakers’ Corner Trust (SCT) nef (new economics foundation)
  • Timetable up to project start
    • January – March 2009 : Scoping by SCT
    • April 2009 : SCT proposal to RAWM
    • August 2009 : revised SCT/nef proposal to RAWM after CLG changed programme criteria
    • October 2009 : project commissioned
    • Effect: 12 month project compressed into 6 months
  • Objectives of the project
    • To involve 50 residents
    • 15 – 20 of these to become more active citizens
    • (e.g. gain confidence to engage with local authority decision making processes)
    • Achieve this by identifying and tackling one or two local issues
  • Timetable of the project
    • 12 November 2009 : meet chair, vice-chair and clerk of Border Group parish council
    • 15 December : present to parish council + selected public
    • 15 January 2010 : first public meeting
    • 1 February : second public meeting agrees to tackle flooding
    • 23 March : parish council hold closed meeting on flooding
    Issue Desirable Feasible 1. Lack of broadband 9 votes 10 votes 2. Flooding 9 5 3. Provision for children and young people 4 2
  • The parish council and flooding
    • Initial stance: not able to go it alone – could not attract key decision-makers
    • Some people affected outside the area covered by the Border Group parish council
    • Closed meeting on March 23 rd appeared to be a change of tack
    • Deterred volunteers
  • What we learned
    • Complexity and unpredictability of small rural communities
    • Gap between even the lowest tier of local government and the community
    • Community frustrated with a lack of opportunities to work through issues
    • Community forums would enhance the democratic process by complementing parish council meetings
  • What we achieved
    • Created welcome opportunities for dialogue
    • Began to bridge government/community gap – in a replicable way
    • Produced a guide to organising a community forum
    • Reached the whole community by summarising/publicising the guide in the parish newsletter.