Some examples of what town councils are doing

If you’re wondering what a town council might do in Bexhill…

  • Nearly half of the 634 local councils surveyed by NALC this year were delivering housing or planning advice services, and many were helping to provide health and well-being services, often in partnership with other local, district, city or county councils.
  • Ivybridge TC provides a “social prescription service” to local doctors and patients where social needs (lack of money, housing, employment) that can later impact on health can be addressed: young mothers, who are struggling with isolation, stress, anxiety and depression, are the most frequent users.
  • In Worcester the Councils’ partnership project, “Reconnections” is helping 3,000 people to overcome loneliness, financed by Social Finance Ltd; the Cabinet Office, and the Lottery.
  • Antsey Parish Council have provided new football pitches for the local youth teams, built a community footpath with a neighbouring parish council, and funded a feasibility study on a late-night bus service.
  • Sutton Coldfield TC (created 2016) allocated £100,000 for local groups who want to make their town an even better place to live and work: much of the 130K Community Grant budget administered by RDC could be used by the Bexhill TC for Bexhill priorities.
  • Condover Parish Council developed a community-inspired housing project which helped it to win the Star Councils 2016 Prize from NALC.
  • Falmouth developed an economic plan including saving CCTV and youth services, and employs a team of gardeners who in conjunction with visitor and education office involve primary school children in horticulture projects.
  • Syston Town council engaged young people in redevelopment of Skate Park: a similar project that has just started in Bexhill.
  • Burley Parish Council dealt with the threats of losing their library, Community Hall, and some parks and open spaces by widely consulting their communities about whether they wanted to pay an extra 63p per week in local tax to
  • Dunstable provides social activities for people of all ages, including lunch clubs for the over 55’s and over 75’s, National Play Day for children, youth drop in sessions for teenagers and Dunstable Men in Sheds for men 55 plus. It has partnered with a young people’s counselling service to deliver sessions in schools identifying what causes stress.
  • Sprowston have taken over a youth and community building from Norfolk County Council, held a health fair and run a weight management class which has developed into an exercise class.
  • Wikham has planted 800 new trees, commissioning two new floodlit tennis courts and a new club, a floodlit all weather football pitch and a new village green. Many town councils have taken over parks and allotments.
  • Skegness have a groundcare team, manages and maintains benches, bus shelters, notice boards, planters, hanging baskets, litter bins and an information lectern in the town. The groundcare team also manages the council’s cemetery, burial ground, war memorial and allotments.
  • Sevenoaks invested in a major renovation of a failing cinema and theatre complex, resulting in the highly successful Stag Community Arts Centre, now run by a not-for-profit charity, which is open seven days a week and includes a theatre, two digital cinema screens, café/bar and a performance and conferencing facility.
  • Stirchley and Brookside run a gardening scheme which manages gardens for elderly people who can’t.
  • Burnham Overy, Norfolk is a local partner in the development of six homes, five of which are classified as affordable.
  • Salisbury took on a mix of services, some of which cost money to run and others which generate an income. These include 33 parks, 12 play areas, a community centre, two pay and display car parks, the Guildhall and various shops, offices and flats.
  • Thame in Oxfordshire supports local businesses with a range of measures. This includes providing 50% funding for a market town coordinator, chairing and supporting a business forum, supporting a charter market manning an information centre, providing sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and operating a buy it local policy.
  • Waltham Abbey have played host to a number of national and international events, including a night stopover of the Monte Carlo rally and the Olympic Torch relay.

 

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