People still have time to get involved in and comment on plans to support Leicestershire’s communities as they emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leicestershire County Council is currently seeking views on its Communities Approach – a long-term plan to look at how it will work to with communities achieve the best everyone who lives, works or invests in the county.
The pandemic has demonstrated the adaptability, resilience and togetherness of people in the county’s towns, villages and community groups but it has also put greater pressure on the council’s finances meaning that it continues to look at how it can best support residents and communities in the future.
A short survey can be completed until February 18.
The council’s refreshed Communities Approach aims to develop and strengthen the collaboration and community involvement that already existed before the pandemic but were bought to the fore by the challenges it has posed.
The council is proposing an ‘asset-based approach’ which aims to champion people’s strengths, skills, talents and abilities as well as looking at how best to make use of facilities such as parks and buildings.
The plan sets out how that could be achieved over the next few years to 2026.
The county council’s cabinet lead member for communities Councillor Pam Posnett said: “The pandemic has taught us a lot and shown how people in our communities are resilient and have been able to join together but without being told how do it or feeling they need to ask the council’s permission.
“Every community has a tremendous supply of assets including people, skills, land and buildings and networks that can be used to build the community and solve the challenges that require a shared commitment and a willingness to come together.
“We have set out the council’s ideas for it to be a catalyst in helping communities help themselves while we provide the support for them to do that.
“We have already had some great responses to our survey and there is still time for people let us know what they think of our ideas.”
For further information, you can visit the Leicestershire Communities website or call 0116 305 7743.