East Durham AAP Annual Report 2010-11

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    East Durham Area Action Partnership Annual Report 2010/11

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    CONTENTS Page Summary 4

    1. Foreword 6 1.1 Area Action Partnership (AAP) Chair 6 2. Background to Area Action Partnership 7 2.1 What is an Area Action Partnership? 7 2.2 Priorities for East Durham AAP for 2011/12 8 3. The AAP Structure 8 3.1 The Forum 8 3.2 The Board 9 3.3 The Priority Groups 10 3.4 The Funding Appraisal Panel 11 3.5 The AAP Team 11 3.6 The Bigger Picture 11 4. Delivery 12 4.1 Through the Board 12 5. Finance and Projects 16 5.1 Area Budget 16 5.2 Neighbourhood Budget 17 5.3 Highways Budget 18 5.4 Members Initiative Fund 18 6. AAP Impact 19 6.1 Outcomes 19 7. Promotion and Marketing 20 7.1 Communication Strategy 20 7.2 Newsletter 20 7.3 Websites 20 7.4 E-bulletin 21 7.5 Facebook/ Twitter 21 8. Way Forward for 2011/12 21 8.1 Priorities 21

    Cover main: Horden Viaduct. Other (left to right) AAP funded projectsTransport Advocates, Seaham Skate Park, Dawdon Adventure Club and Family Learning Fund.

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    Appendices Page 1. AAP Delivery Action Plan 2010-2011 22

    2. Summary of Neighbourhood Budgets 2010-2011 29

    3. Summary of Highway Budgets 2010-2011 37

    4. Summary of Members Initiative 2010-2011 40

    White Lea Farm, East Durham Coast, National Trust

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    Map of East Durham AAP Area

    In 2010/11 a total of 57 projects were funded by the Neighbourhood Budget of elected members

    and the AAP area budget.

    Murton Youth Facility launch eventfunded by Councillors Alan Napier and Alice Naylor neighbourhood budgets


    East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) has been on operation now for 18 months.

    During this time the AAP has delivered Actions to cross cutting objectives including:

    Social issues, tackling anti-social behaviour, reducing the fear of crime, improving health and well-being including the aspirations of children and young people.

    Economic issues including access to work and training, up-skilling people to meet future employment opportunities. This includes regeneration, attracting visitors to the area, employers and investment as well as providing facilities for people to access the internet and find work.

    Environmental issues such as access to outdoor education, play and sports facilities, amenity improvements and enhancing

    The AAP has addressed these cross cutting themes as a result of its forum members: who are members of the public, individuals, groups, statutory bodies, Elected Members, private sector and voluntary sector organisations The forum members raise issues which are important to residents in East Durham.

    These issues form the basis of AAP priorities which are translated into the Action Plan funded by both elected members through their Neighbourhood Budgets and directly by the AAP Area Budget.

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    East Durham Coast from Easington Colliery site of the former South Shaft

    Councillors also contributed to specific projects through their own highways and member initiative budgets (appendix 2).

    The projects are delivered by our partners, private, public, charitable or voluntary sector agencies. This has resulted in additional funding, expertise and a wider public benefit than originally envisaged. Many projects have attracted further match funding from successful funding bids to a value of at least 50% of the original value of the scheme.

    It is acknowledged that East Durham area has many strengths, not least its social capital investment with people working together to achieve maximum impact from available resources.

    This has been reflected in a number AAP successes, for example 13 full time jobs have being secured for young people as a result of AAP projects which only set out with the objective of training young people in skills required by local engineering companies. The annual report provides further reflection on what it has been achieved through this spirit of collaboration over the past year.

    Eastlea Community Centre, Seaham received funding from the neighbourhood budget of Councillors Bell and Bell

    Transport Advocatesproviding advice to people in East Durham about transport availability, funded by the AAP area budget

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    Job Creation Priority of the AAP 2010/11 Snow Squads Project developed and supported by the AAP

    1. Foreword 1.1 Area Action Partnership Chair

    The East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) has now been running for 18 months and I am very pleased with the progress we have made over this period as Chair of the AAP board. We have spent a total of 2,518,576 across East Durham which have contributed to providing employment, safer and more inclusive communities which are also greener and healthier and which recognise the hopes and aspirations of our young people. We have secured match funding as a result of collaborative work across agencies and organisations. This has increased the value of projects and their benefits beyond our original vision. Hard work by members of our community must be recognised. Many people give up their time to help everyone. The Big Society has always been big in East Durham. We hope that all of our communities will benefit from these projects. We moved into a new financial year in April with significant challenges ahead and budget restrictions imposed by the local government review. This will affect all of us, however I hope that the AAP will continue to reflect what local people want and influence service provision to maintain the social fabric of our communities. I must take the opportunity to thank all board members, partners and the AAP team for all their hard work and achievements over the past year.

    Alan Miller

    Family Learning Fund Project, Children and Young People Priority of the AAP 2010/11

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    2. Background to the AAP

    2.1 What is an AAP? There are 14 Area Action Partner-ships (AAP) in the Durham County Council area which are diverse in terms of both their geographical area and the size of the resident popula-tion. East Durham AAP has a popula-tion of over 92,000 people.

    The AAP are a key way of engaging with local people and working in part-nership with organisations that oper-ate within the area. The main priority of the AAP is to ensure that action is taken to deliver quality, cost effective services that meet the needs of the local area. The proposed functions of AAP are based around four themes:

    Working with communities shap-ing local identities allowing them to have a clear, strong voice.

    People power involving local people to help shape decisions, policy, and services.

    Local action resolving local issues quickly and effectively by targeting key priorities.

    Reviewing performance improving access to local performance informa-tion to help understanding of service requirements.

    AAPs reflect the interests of the local communities that they serve and en-courage residents to take an active interest in their local area.

    Board meeting Wingate Spring 2011 Priority Group Presentation

    The official launch meeting for East Durham AAP was held on 11th May 2009 and it was so popu-lar that a second launch was held 20th May 2009. Over 200 people attended the launches includ-ing members of the public, Parish and County Councillors and partner organisations. Membership of the AAP has more than doubled to 731 members by April 2011.

    There were two further forums which were held in 2010 at Blackhall Community Centre in July 2010 which discussed the five AAP priorities and at the Hazelwell Centre, Haswell in January 2011 where future priorities were discussed for 2011/12 in East Durham. The information resulting from this Forum event was evaluated and submitted to the Board which supported the decision to make Maintaining the Social Fabric of Our Communities an overarching Priority for 2011/12.

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    3.1 The Forum The AAP Forum is open to anyone who lives or works in the AAP area. It is a means for members of the AAP community to make their views known on the issues and opportunities in their area as well as being involved, if they choose to, in addressing these.

    The Forum met twice during 2010/11, the 731 East Durham members have been involved in shaping our priorities and Action Plan. Members include individuals, representatives from the public, private, voluntary and charitable sectors and other interest groups.

    It is a Forum that works

    Bob Blair Forum Member (Chair of Main-taining the Social Fabric of Our Commu-nities Priority Group April 2011)

    2.2 Priorities for East Durham Area Action Partnership for 2010/11

    The first meeting of the AAP discussed priority themes in 2009/10. This resulted in five Priorities which continued to be the priorities for 2010/11:

    Job Creation Education Children and Young People Transport and Access Infrastructure and Regeneration

    3. The AAP Structure


    Membership is open to all who live in or work in the AAP boundary. The main role of the forum member is to determine the AAP Priorities, contribute to the Action Plan, raise local issues at board meetings and participate in consultations.


    Comprises of 7 Councillors, 7 partner organisations representatives and 7 members of the public. The Board is the decision making body, alth