Buchan Community Plan progress

LOCAL councillors will hear that the Buchan Community Plan has completed a successful first year, with significant progress reported on actions raised within it.

Workshops are now to take place on August 30 and September 20 to provide an opportunity for open discussion regarding actions in the current Community Plan and to put forward new priorities and actions for the next edition of the scheme.

In a report going Aberdeenshire Cuncil’s Buchan Area Committee whcih meets today (Tuesday), area manager Chris White says a high proportion of actions within the second Summary Monitoring Report have been recorded as ‘progress excellent, on time’, with some actions now completed.

He states actions recorded as ‘Behind Schedule’ or ‘Not Progressing’ are actions mainly affected through a lack of resources or changes within staffing structures.

The Buchan Community Plan workshops hope to attract attendance from members of the Buchan Area Committee, Local Community Planning Group and Area Management Team, current participants of the Plan, as well as many of the contacts and links which have been built up locally within community planning.

Mr White says: “Community consultation and engagement involving all partners has taken place during 2010/2011, and this information will be used to update the next Buchan Community Plan.

“These include the Buchan Youth Consultation ‘Fit de ye think aboot far ye bide’ and new Community Action Plans for Mintlaw and Boddam.”

A number of suggestions following discussion by local partners have been included within an Aberdeenshire wide proposal for development of local community plans. This proposal has recently been agreed by the Community Planning Executive, who has recommended that the Community Planning Board also support this proposal.

Monitoring will continue every six months, but it has been agreed to retain a four-year plan with an interim update published online every two years.

Mr White continues: “The plan will be an online living document that can be updated on an ongoing basis, to ensure that the actions and contacts remain current for the life of the document.

“A four-year plan allows communities to include longer-term actions such as capital projects and nurtures forward planning. By providing an interim update to the plans every two years, we can keep on top of emerging needs, shifting political landscapes and budgetary challenges.”