Last week saw the release of the final report on the Remaking Rothesay Town Charrette. We asked Paul Duffy, the facilitator for the Bute Island Alliance what it’s about.
What was the Charrette all about then?
It’s a way get local people working together to identify the needs and wants for their community. A team of professional architects work alongside the community and turn the ideas into ambitions and ultimately into a plan to help deliver the actions that people want.
As a charrette was one of the main things people asked for at the Bute Community Council depopulation meeting in February 2015 it seemed a good place to start.
How many people were involved?
The team from Ice Cream Architecture talked to over 400 people. They asked for opinions on the street, on the ferry, via postcard questionnaires and during four days of public meetings as well as chatting, listening and looking on Facebook, and reviewing every consultation done on the island since 2010.
It’s impossible to talk to everyone but hopefully enough people were engaged to get a fair and balanced view of what the community wants.
So what did people on Bute say they wanted?
Residents were really clear on what they want:
Rothesay and Bute will offer abundant opportunities for all local people to live, work and raise a family; while consistently attracting more residents, businesses and tourists from elsewhere through a collaborative and diverse social, physical and economic offer.’ and suggested six principles that would help make this happen:
* Collaborate on decision-making and action across services and organisations;
* Communicate a positive self-image at all times, both on and off the island;
* Activate and maintain buildings and spaces;
* Foster opportunities for skills sharing and development, jobs, entrepreneurialism and business growth;
* Make Rothesay accessible and easy to get around;
* Ensure it is a place for families.
So what happens now?
Each of the six principles has a series of things to do attached to it. Some are relatively easy to achieve; others are longer term but all of the action start with once basic thing - working together better.
To help things move along Bute Alliance for Action is changing from a group of interested businesses, organisations, charities and individuals into a full charity called Bute Island Alliance.
How do people get a copy of the charrette and get involved?
The Alliance has already begun to address a couple of key things.
The first is how to help businesses start-up, to grow and to create and maintain jobs. If you are a local business person, home worker or someone who thinks they’d like to start a business, five minutes of your time filling in the business survey would be really helpful.
Monthly meetings of the Alliance are always open to anyone who wants to come along and offer their help.
To get involved or ask any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.