At heart, this category champions the fundamental role that councils and their partners play in driving forward vibrant, prosperous local communities across Scotland. Recognising that solutions to challenges must be sustainable, the award champions projects that are helping create sustainable communities and sustainable development.
Winners have demonstrated their capacity to deliver clear social, environmental and economic outcomes. Their activity may relate to work being undertaken to improve or regenerate the local environment, aid economic recovery, manage resources or energy responsibly, or to foster and develop growth. Small-scale through to large-scale projects are included, but in all cases the winners have demonstrated good practice in terms of community engagement and partnership, how they are helping communities take control of their economic prosperity, and evidenced that their approach represents innovative or best in class performance.
North Ayrshire Council – Kilwinning School – Working with the community to improve the environment
North Ayrshire Council aims to cultivate a climate within our local communities which will enable a zero waste society. To enable the development of this climate the hearts and minds of our communities need to be captured and this is supported by good leaders. A pilot project sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland and facilitated by the Council’s Streetscene Services saw the pupils of Kilwinning Academy tackle the issue of litter in their locale and recognise the value of resources they use and understand that recycling or reusing is better than disposing of them. The pupils of Kilwinning Academy increased the standard of cleanliness of their school grounds and the surrounding streets by 90% whilst increasing threefold the amount of recyclates collected over the three month period of the pilot.
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Fife Council – Making Travel Safer – Safer Travel Strategy 2008 to 2011
This project has helped deliver a significant reduction in road casualties in Fife, surpassing both the national reduction targets to 2010 and the overall Scottish performance against these targets. A new approach was adopted by bringing together all of the organisations involved in transport in Fife to holistically look across the safety for all modes of travel in addition to the traditional road safety focus on motorised traffic. It has impacted on everyone who travels in Fife, from reducing the trauma and cost to our communities of road deaths and injuries, to supporting improved and safer sustainable transport choices.
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Fife Council – Transforming Tourism Delivery – A Step Change in Performance
This has been achieved by creating a new tourism structure, led by a public/private sector partnership – the Fife Tourism Partnership. The Partnership was set up following extensive consultation with the tourism sector in Fife. In its four years of operation it has encouraged more than 1,500 businesses to engage on a regular basis through initiatives, training, workshops and social media. In the last two, over 300 businesses have attended workshops and courses developed by the Fife Tourism Partnership. The strategy is both strategic and locally focussed. This model can easily be implemented elsewhere in Scotland; it is a sustainable approach to tourism development and puts businesses and their communities at the heart of all activities. The overall objective was to re-balance the tourism economy so that Fife could use its strong assets of St Andrews and the East Neuk, and at the same time bring in Fife’s regeneration areas to strengthen their tourism offer to visitors, with the added value of aligning resources for stronger economic impact.
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West Dunbartonshire Council – West Dunbartonshire’s Food Waste Collection Service for Tenemental Housing.
West Dunbartonshire Councils Waste Services team is ensuring that tenemental households have the infrastructure & collection systems in place to enable residents of this type of housing to recycle their food waste and prevent it from being disposed of at landfill. The innovative approach taken by the Council to provide a weekly food waste collection service for tenemental housing is the first in Scotland. A bespoke collection system was designed to enable householders to utilise individual kitchen food waste caddies and a communal food waste bin system that minimised the risk of the food waste being contaminated by non-target material. The service enables householders to recycle their food waste which in turn is processed by Scottish Water Horizons using anaerobic digestion technology to create energy from waste (electricity) and a fertiliser product. The service was initially a pilot scheme operated for 3,500 tenemental households. In the first three months of the service around 25 tonnes of food waste was diverted from landfill disposal, meeting the pilot scheme target. As a result the service is now being mainstreamed and rolled out to an additional 6,500 tenemental households. The service will divert 250 tonnes of food waste from landfill disposal every year and make an important contribution to ensuring that West Dunbartonshire’s environment and its resources are protected going forward.
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Perth & Kinross Council – Amphibians in Drains
The Amphibians in Drains project started after it was noted that a significant number of roadside gullypots contained trapped amphibians and small mammals. Roadside gullypots are essential for road drainage but act as pitfall traps when animals fall through the grid at road level and it was identified that a robust study to ascertain the scale of the problem was required. Surveys carried out in 2010, 2011 and 2012 indicate that gullypots create a substantial problem for amphibians and small mammals, with between 60% and 70% of gullypots checked each year by the Ranger Service containing wildlife. These figures suggest approximately 47,000 animals could be trapped in gullypots across Perth and Kinross every year. The Ranger Service looked into solutions to the problem and successfully gained £4800 external funding to start a wildlife kerb pilot project in one of the problem areas – Elm Drive in Blairgowrie. This involved replacing standard kerbs next to the gullypots with kerbs with a recess which allows animals to follow the recessed edge of the kerb and bypass the danger zone of the gullypot. Newhill Primary School was involved in the survey as part of their Scottish Wildlife project and Eco Schools work. A new Tayside Amphibian & Reptile Group was set up in 2013 to expand the project across the rest of Tayside, involving many local residents. The Ranger Service is working closely with the Roads Section of the Environment Service and the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership to identify targeted, appropriate areas for the location of wildlife kerbs in future if they are shown to work well.
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Argyll & Bute Council – The Regeneration of Campbeltown
The project sets out to harness and develop the inherent strengths present in the town of Campbeltown, to reverse the historical decline in population; employment opportunity; business growth and visitor / resident perception. The project developed a number of linked sub-projects, which would target each of the specific market failures and ensure that all sectors of the local community and economy were positively affected. The project is nearing its initial stage of completion and tangible improvements are visible, resulting in marked changes for the local community, businesses and visitors. The targeted outcomes envisaged are being delivered and substantial positive changes are evident in the private sector’s approach to the local economy adding further to the on-going success of the project. The project delivered physical outcomes of: 1. Redevelopment of the harbour, including construction of a new quay, to facilitate transportation of the major products manufactured in the area and to permit the introduction of the new ferry service. 2. Realignment of the main arterial road through the town, to improve this key gateway to the historical town centre and facilitate easier transportation of one of the areas main products – wind towers. 3. Provision of new development opportunities for high quality affordable housing. 4. Reinvigoration of the town’s historic townscape through redevelopment, re-use and refurbishment of key community focussed buildings and community enterprise projects. 5. Revitalisation of the fishing fleet through improvements in the harbour facilities. 6. Enhance tourism opportunities through public realm improvements and development of a marine leisure craft berthing facility.
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West Lothian Council – Steps N2 Work
In October 2011 West Lothian’s youth unemployment rate was 9% which was considerably higher than Scotland’s overall rate of 8%. To tackle this issue within West Lothian the Council Executive approved the allocation of £2.2million to launch the Steps N2 Work initiative, designed to tackle youth employment by creating new training and employment opportunities for young people aged 16-24. The initiative complements the strategic skills pipeline and offers a number of strands including wage subsidy positions, Wage Subsidies in the Voluntary Sector, West Lothian’s job fund positions and non trade modern apprenticeships. The diversity of the programme aimed to cover the wide variation in West Lothian young people’s employment needs. In 2013 a graduate work experience programme was added to the package and a further £2.241 million allocated to extend the programme provision until 2017/18.
Download the application: Stepn2work