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CIA - Open Spaces Strategy

Community Impact Assessment - Open Spaces Strategy

Initial Assessment Form v1 2010

The initial assessment is a quick and easy screening process.

It should:

Service - Commissioning and Customer Contact
Title of Policy, Function Or Service - Swale Open Spaces Strategy and Action Plan 2009-2014
Type of Policy, Function Or Service - Existing

Q1 - What Is The Aim of Your Policy Or New Service?

Provides a clear framework and approach that determines the priorities for investment, guides policy and identifies opportunities for the Borough and its partners in relation to the Boroughs open spaces.

There are four guiding principals:

Q2 - Who Is The Policy Or Service Going To Benefit?

Partners seeking to invest in the Boroughs open spaces; stakeholders, governing bodies, user groups, local people, schools, clubs and people with an interest in open space provision.

Q3 - Thinking about each group below, does, or could the policy, project, service have a negative impact on members of the equality groups below?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age   No  
Disability   No  
Race   No  
Gender   No  
Transgender   No  
Sexual orientation   No  
Religion or belief   No  
Relationships between groups

 

No  
Other socially excluded groups

 

No  

If The Answer Is Yes Or Unclear Consider Doing a Full CIA

Q4 - Does, or could, the policy, project or service help to promote equality for members of the equality groups?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age Yes
 
Disability Yes
 
Race  
Unclear
Gender  
Unclear
Transgender  
Unclear
Sexual orientation  
Unclear
Religion or belief  
Unclear
Relationships between groups

 


Unclear
Other socially excluded groups

 


Unclear

If The Answer Is Yes Or Unclear Consider Doing a Full CIA

Q5 Have you undertaken any consultation on this policy, project or service?

Answer: Yes

If yes give details of who has been consulted (internally and externally) and a brief summary of any equality and diversity issues raised

In October 2007 a workshop was held with Council officers and key stakeholders associated with open space in Swale - this formed part of the scoping work associated with developing the brief which subsequently went out to tender to undertake the Opens Spaces Strategy and Action Plan.

An audit of current provision (parks and gardens, provision for children and young people, natural and semi-natural greenspace, allotments, cemeteries, outdoor sports facilities and amenity greenspace) was initially undertaken in mid 2008 which involved close liaison and input from local communities (individuals and groups) to provide a comprehensive database of open space provision. The audit informed quantity, quality and accessibility for each open space.

Consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, governing bodies, user groups, local people, schools, clubs and people with an interest in open space provision; this has been effected to establish the local levels of use made for each type of space, and to allow local people to have their say as to whether provision meets their local needs and to what extent it meets their aspirations. It also helps to identify the barriers that may prevent people from using the space provided.

The Council undertook consultation with the residents and Council staff living in Swale through a standard questionnaire approach as follows:

Online Questionnaire: Live from September 2008 to November 2008; advertised in the local press, Council web site, public libraries and internal Intranet

Paper Questionnaire: a paper copy of the questionnaire was available from Council Offices on request

Freephone Consultation: advertised the opportunity to provide comments and complete the public survey via a freephone telephone line made available throughout the consultation process.

Specific comments:

Consultation with young people - 83% of respondents felt facilities for young people could be better, more things to do within walking distance.
The Access Officer identified the need for more inclusive play equipment, the development of hard surfaces within open space to improve access and the use of the Access Group to help develop accessibility.
The Community Safety Officer identified previous Youth Surveys and the need to increase youth participation, adequate provision for 0-12 but not for teenagers who need the additional challenge.

Q6 - Do you have any feedback data from the equality groups that influences, affects or shapes this policy, project or service?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age Yes
 
Disability Yes
 
Race   No  
Gender   No  
Transgender   No  
Sexual orientation   No  
Religion or belief   No  
Relationships between groups

 

No  
Other socially excluded groups

 

No  

If The Answer Is Yes Or Unclear Consider Doing a Full CIA

Q7 - Using the assessments in questions 3, 4 and 5 should a full assessment be carried out on this policy, project or service?

Answer: No

Q8 - How Have You Come To This Decision?

Action must be proportionate to responses to the strategy and action plan within available resources and is made based on the fact that during the consultation periods no specific requests by individuals or groups were made which have or will adversely impact on the strategic response or action plan. Further consultation will necessarily be undertaken with the whole community including the 9 protected characteristics when implementing new projects and activities and the strategy action plan will be fully developed with respective timescales by 31 March 2011.

Q9 - What Is You Priority For Doing The Full CIA?

You only need to answer this question if you answered yes to Q6.

Answer: -

Q10 - Who was involved in the CIA, and how?

Answer: Graeme Tuff - Greenspaces Officer (Leisure) - now responsible for leading on the implementation of the Action Plan.

Lyn Newton - Regeneration Manager (ECS) - lead officer and Chair of the Open Spaces Strategy Steering Group.

Name of Lead Officer: Graeme Tuff
Signature: G. Tuff
Date: 27th August 2010
Contact Number: 01795 417172

Head of Service Endorsement: Dave Thomas
Signature: D. Thomas
Date: 27th August 2010

CIA Approval

This Corporate Equality Group has approved this CIA: Yes
This Corporate Equality Group as approved this CIA in principle subject to further evidence being provided: -
Name of Lead Officer:
Chris Bryant
Signature: 
Date: 06//01/10
Contact Number: 01795 417318

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