SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL: MCMC PARTNERSHIP

This summary is intended to describe the development of a strong partnership approach within South Ayrshire in relation to the More Choices More Chances agenda including the implementation of 16+ Learning Choices activities. Led by South Ayrshire Council, structural evolvement stemming from early mapping exercises and stake holding practitioner events, resulted in the establishment of a tiered level of engagement encompassing a form of strategic planning and operational delivery which has generated an innovative multi-partnership, pro-active, delivery programme which has reduced the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training. An important element in achieving this aim was the recognition of the importance of including all 8 secondary schools within an appropriate strategic framework.

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STRATHCLYDE FIRE & RESCUE [ARGYLL AND BUTE AREA]: ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION REDUCTION TEAM

Argyll and Bute has the unenviable reputation for being one of the worst areas within the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue service area for serious and fatal road traffic collisions [14 deaths & 112 Serious Casualties 2008]. To meet these challenges a Road Traffic Collision Reduction Team [Team] was created [April 2009] consisting of 2 Community Fire fighters and one Community Safety Coordinator. Initially the team were briefed to form relationships with other partners in road safety with a view to creating a comprehensive and sustainable framework for the delivery of road safety education and initiatives. Members of the team have travelled extensively across the UK attending seminars and conferences and have developed a network of partners in other fire and rescue services and police forces around the country. From this, many good exchanges of ideas and information have taken place. This gathering of information has been invaluable to the team and as a result of this research many initiatives are now under development for Argyll and Bute.

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DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY COUNCIL: CORPORATE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) PROGRAMME

Corporate Geographic Information System (GIS) is one of the key business transformation programmes in Dumfries and Galloway with the aim to deliver an integrated solution focused on customer needs and corporate service outcomes. This approach emphasises shared service delivery, robust information management and the effective use of technologies to underpin the widespread use of geographic information across the Council. While there is a long history of GIS services within the Council, they did not operate efficiently with little co-ordination Services and numerous examples of excessive costs and duplication of effort. Within the last year, all Council Services have become actively engaged in ‘Corporate GIS’ and there is an increasing portfolio of GIS services ranging from an online gull-incident reporting system to a neighbourhood notification tool to a ‘persons at risk database’ used for emergency response purposes. Plans are in place to expand this even further in the years ahead with a corresponding performance assessment framework to measure financial savings and service improvements.

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RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

The “Investing in the Future” initiative is a partnership project co-ordinated by Renfrewshire’s Community Planning Partnership. It involves a range of local partner agencies including the Police, Scottish Football Association, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company, St. Mirren Football Club, YMCA and Renfrewshire Council. The project provides a sustainable programme of youth diversionary activities which help to divert young people away from antisocial behaviour in identified hotspot areas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

The following equipment is currently available through the project:

• 3 x Portable Football kits. These kits are deployed from a trailer and can be used on any flat piece of land. The kit includes goals, netting, boards, lights, balls, vests and a generator. Certified coaching by St Mirren Football Club is also supplied.

• Youth Activity Bus. This vehicle was donated by the Arriva bus company and has state of the art games consoles, DVD player and a flat screen TV.

• The “Box” is a renovated portacabin with DJ mixing facilities and dance mats.

Overall, the number of vandalism and youth disorder incidents within the hotspot areas has decreased by approximately 20% since the start of the project.

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FIFE COUNCIL: SKIP THE LANDFILL

Fife Council’s Building Services is responsible for the repair, maintenance and improvement of Fife Council’s housing stock. We are also responsible for the maintenance and contract works for the Council’s non domestic properties such as schools, care homes, libraries, as well as undertaking work for Fife Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service. Whilst undertaking these projects, there are high volumes of waste which until recent times was viewed as a cost factor, with little consideration to the landfill or the environment. There was an average spend of half a million pounds on waste per year which was growing year on year, with the increased productivity of our service. There was no measurement of volumes and no identification of the waste streams that could be diverted from the landfill as recyclable waste by sorting at source, but it was clear that a large percentage of waste was going to landfill (approximately 96%) with just under 5% being recycled.

Waste management is now a fundamental part of all construction/building work from planning stage and throughout the project. The practice of reduce, reuse and recycle is now ‘the norm’ across the Service. Recycling rates have changed from 5% in August 2008 to 90% by April 2009 with an additional benefit being the service contribution towards the reduction of 13.34% of carbon emissions. Building Services are committed to delivering zero waste to landfill. Therefore achieving 100% recycled waste!

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FALKIRK COUNCIL: WORKBACK OFFICE FURNITURE REUSE & RECYCLING

Falkirk Council and Grangemouth Enterprises Ltd (GEL) are partners in WorkBack, a single point resource for the sale, refurbishment and recycling of office furniture targeting customers in the public and private sectors and the local community, tapping quality reuse furniture from the corporate sector. Since its inception in November 2008 the pilot project has generated over £17,700 (ex VAT) in reuse office furniture sales, and nearly 80 tonnes of materials recycled since March 09. 100% of the trainees involved in WorkBack have completed Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Levels 1 or 2 in Waste Management, and 100% of trainees are expected to be on work placement, have jobs or enrolled on college courses starting in September 09. This exciting and innovative project continues to see Falkirk Council at the forefront in waste reduction in Scotland. In addition it shows the on-going commitment of the authority not only to lead the way in environmental good practice but also in the creation of new ‘green jobs’.

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ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL: ABERDEEN CITY WARDENS

Aberdeen City Council’s City Wardens are new officer roles that combine the services of Environmental Wardens, Parking Enforcement Officers and Community Wardens. The Wardens help to deter antisocial behaviour, littering and illegal parking and are there to reassure the public that Aberdeen City Council is doing all it can to keep our communities safe and secure. It is a more efficient and effective way of using resources, with a fast response time and built-in ability to target problems in specific areas of the city. Since the launch of the service nine months ago incidents of antisocial behaviour, littering and illegal parking have been significantly reduced.

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