4 June 2013
It's been a long time...
Spring event lunch
The last couple of months have been busy ones for the NANM team, as we've traveled the country with Local Trust running a series of 15 'Spring events' for residents of Big Local areas to meet, network and learn together. We'll share our reflections in a future Newswire, but for now there is quite a bit of other catching up to do.

First of all there is the next NANM event to highlight, 'What's in the plan Stan?' It is on 18 June in South East London, and  builds on the discussions about DiY democracy started in Bradford. We'll be looking in more detail at the content of a number of the new wave of plans being produced by communities and asking questions about whether they are indicators of a new type of community action and their relationship to what has gone before.

It is also worth flagging the item on research being undertaken by ONS on options for the census 'Beyond 2011', in particular the effect of some options on the availability and accuracy of analysis at a neighbourhood level. We know that this is something with which a number of neighbourhood managers are already engaged. Do you use small area census analysis? Can you identify examples of uses that would help ONS build a business case to continue analysis at this level?

Finally, we launch the NANM 'Film Club' in this issue (see the last section). There are an increasing number of videos being produced to explain or illustrate issues of interest to neighbourhood managers and activists. We want to start collecting the most useful of these.

Hope you enjoy the rest of this Newswire. Do let us know if you have news we can share.

Neighbourhood news
Social tenants force eviction of anti-social neighbours

A group of Lancashire social tenants have managed to secure the eviction of their anti-social neighbours. The six tenants worked with their housing association, The Regenda Group, to close the house in Golbourne Close, Fleetwood, which had become a hot spot for drug and alcohol abuse and violence. Residents helped to gather evidence to present to police, who then obtained closure orders on the property. Matt Whatmough, Regenda’s tenancy enforcement manager, said: "I'm delighted that the hard work of the team and our residents has paid off. Our residents have been very brave and courageous throughout this process". The residents now intend to turn the local area around by creating a ‘Golbourne in Bloom’ scheme. Find out more >

Latest Big Local newsletter is out

This month's issue
has stories about a 'flash mob' in Dover, tennis in Rastrick, rugby in Dewsbury Moor, a photography competion … and much more. If you are not sure what Big Local is all about, this article in The Guardian, ' New resident-led regeneration scheme aims to transform communities ', provides a really good introduction.
What is the need for the Census 'Beyond 2011'?

How important is it to continue to publish census analysis for lower level geographical areas?

The Office for National Statistics is currently taking a fresh look at options for the production of population and small area socio-democratic statistics for England and Wales. The Beyond 2011 Programme has been established to carry out research on the options and to recommend the best way forward to meet future user needs.

The May 2013 edition of the Beyond 2011 newsletter explains that whilst the full census remains a strong option, a number of other options that make greater use of administrative data are also being considered. These approaches would allow ONS to produce good estimates at a local authority level each year, at a reduced cost. But consistent analysis at lower level geographies and across a range of attributes would not be possible without additional sampling. ONS are interested in gathering evidence about how small area statistics are used, how they add value and whether it would really matter if they disappeared. What are your thoughts? Find out more >

Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund

The Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund is a £14 million Fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people's energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services. Whether called volunteering, giving, social action or simply "people helping people" - spending some time in the service of others is a deeply ingrained part of our culture. The Innovation Fund will provide financial and non-financial support and will focus on a small number of big social challenges, like helping older people to age well or supporting young people to get into work, where there is a plausible account of how social action can make a difference and is under-exploited by the existing approach of public services.
Find out more >
The enduring personality of Pike Place Market

In a time where you can buy almost anything online, Seattle’s Pike Place Market reminds us that character and convenience are not synonymous. It is a place that connects Seattleites (and tourists) to the city’s history. If you have visited the Market you won't have forgotten it. But its story is also a reminder of the importance of finding ways to identify and value what matters in a place. Pike Place Market, like other community assets, occupies a sought after piece of real estate.
Find out more >

Evidence reinforces the importance of how people feel about their neighbourhood

In a guest post on the Project for Public Spaces web site, Dr Katherine Loflin writes about her work on the Knight Foundation's 'Soul of the Community' study in the US, and how it gave her new insights into the relationship between people's attachment to the places where they live and local economic development. The study found that the things that drove people to love where they live were not the local economy or even their personal civic engagement in the place (as one might expect), but the "softer sides" of place. At the same time, the study also found clear links between resident attachment and the solid economic outcomes desired for places. Drawing on this insight and the findings of the Soul of the Community study, Dr Loflin identifies nine lessons for the placemaking field. Find out more >
Web miscellany
Transforming town centres - doing what you can with what you’ve got

Mathieu Proctor, Design Council Cabe, suggests some projects that illustrates how alternatives to the standard ‘regeneration’ model of large scale, retail-led redevelopment may be emerging. Smaller scale, and often temporary, projects are using design to raise spirits and recast the role of our town centres. Running through them is the idea of doing what you can with what you’ve got. Read Mathieu's blog post here . This is one of the topics that will be discussed at the next Cabe seminar on Tuesday 2nd July 2013
. Sticking with town centre theme, Action for Market Towns' Alison Eardley reflects on some key ideas emerging from the final session at this year's Annual Quality Streetscapes Conference. The session was introduced as the 'provocateurs', and audience members were invited to step forward and speak for 5 minutes on a topic they felt it was important to be aware of when planning for the future of the high street. Many took a similar theme. In her post Alison homes in on a number of the more thought-provoking ideas that emerged from this session. Read more here .

Why Places Matter

Giving local people a say in the planning and shaping of their own neighbourhoods is essential to grow local economies, cut crime and improve public health, says Why Places Matter, published  by Living Streets. Find out more and download the publication.

Learning from One Norbiton neighbourhood budget - An approach with huge potential, but a name that can mislead

In an article on The Guardian's Local Government Network - Service delivery hub, Laura Wilkes, policy manager at the Local Government Information Unit, LGIU, reflects on lessons to be drawn from One Norbiton, the neighbourhood community budget pilot which LGIU helped Kingston Council deliver. The One Norbiton pilot demonstrated that community budgets have huge potential for encouraging community involvement in the design and delivery of services. But also that working at this level takes time, and involves a substantial shift in attitude to funding, commissioning and partnerships. Also, the experience of the pilot suggests that for the approach to be widely adopted elsewhere it will be important that Whitehall doesn't see it simply as a Department for Communities and Local Government scheme and that the neighbourhood and community pilots find ways to talk to each other, share lessons and explore ways to work together and with other funding schemes. Read Laura's article here.

Participatory Budgeting: tough questions and real answers

Toby Blume recently attended a discussion hosted by Lambeth Council's Leader, Councillor Lib Peck, which brought together Josh Lerner, Executive Director of the North American Participatory Budgeting Project, Alderman Joe Moore from Chicago, Jez Hall from the UK Participatory Budgeting Network and a group of council officers and councillors. During the discussion a number of questions were asked that it seemed were pretty important to address if the UK is to adopt participatory budgeting (PB) at a meaningful scale. Toby wrote this article to share the questions, and the answers that were offered in response, with others who are interested in PB. Read Toby's article here.

How Totnes is using a 'local economic blueprint' to support local businesses and improve people's quality of life

Julian Dobson writes about how Transition Town Totnes plan to use a ‘local economic blueprint’ to plough more than 5 million pounds a year back into the local economy by supporting local food producers and retailers, investing in renewable energy and improving homes’ energy efficiency.
Read Julian's art icle here.

Film club

Edible Bus Stop video

The Edible Bus Stop

Short video shot by Marmalade Productions in support of community development in Brixton. Edible Bus Stop is a great example of a community taking collective responsibility for its own patch. [The Edible Bus Stop - Found via a tweet by @robintransition 22 May 2013].

Re-inventing democracy through participatory budgeting

Short video explaining participatory budgeting, PB. How PB works by giving ordinary people real power over real money, letting them work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. [Re-inventing democracy through participatory budgeting - Published on 30 April 2013 on the Looking@Democracy challenge site. Video created by meerkatmedia for the Participatory Budgeting Project]

Community-led design

Short video illustrating community-led design, featuring a number of community-led design projects in London. Draws on research by the Open University and the Royal College of Art, working with The Glass-House Community Led Design and Nesta, exploring how communities use media in design and planning - one of three strands of the broader Media, Community and the Creative Citizen research council project. [Video produced by CreativeCitizens. Found via a Tweet by @cavecoop on 29/3/13.

Upcoming Events

What's in the plan Stan?
An event to share the latest plans from different neighbourhood projects

10.30 - 15. 30
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Plumstead, SE London

For more information and to book your place

New on the NANM web site

Events page
A new page providing a one-stop shop for information about forthcoming, and past, NANM events.

Find out more >

Neighbourhood news
This is a new section on the site with a feed of neighbourhood related news. It started life as a way to keep track of web posts and articles to include in future Newswires. But then we thought 'Why wait? ' You can see the feed on the right of the home page, or follow it directly on the Tumblr blog we use to collate the stories.

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