New strategy launched to help Camelon become a safer - and happier - place

Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill (OPCT) launched its new community safety strategy for the area at the group’s first anniversary celebrations, which took place online during a Zoom last week.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:57 pm

John Hosie OPCT community safety engager, said: “This framework can have a lasting positive impact on the local community. The success of the strategy and its proposed projects and initiatives is reliant on the community working in partnership with the variety of agencies and organisations highlighted within the document.

"This strategy is based upon collaboration, putting the perspectives and aspirations of the local community front and centre.”

Following weeks of consultation, which involved detailed survey work, one-to-one interviews – made difficult due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic – focus groups and meetings with key stakeholders and partners, the strategy has now been published.

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Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill's Dan Rous and John Hosie are looking to deal with litter - just one of the issues identified in group's recently published community safety strategy

Mr Hosie said: “Everything was geared towards identifying the community’s priorities and aspirations for making their community a safer, happier, and more attractive place to live.

"This resulting strategy represents the voice of local people.”

Entitled Camelon and Tamfourhill Will Be A Safer, Happier and More Attractive Place To Live, the strategy is based on the assertion communities will be safer if

there is more involvement of the people in those communities in the planning, delivery, and development of the services they use.

Mr Hosie said: “The strategy document has been mindful of the current work being undertaken by the Falkirk Community Planning Partnership and the emerging 10-year Falkirk Plan, and there is an awareness that Falkirk Council’s long term planning processes can be a facilitator and enabler of our local community action plans.

"I would like to thank the various community groups, individuals and organisations for being open and welcoming and ever prepared to meet with me – virtually – to

discuss issues and share experiences.

"Thanks also to colleagues at Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill.”

The strategy will promote a number of activities, including the establishment of young people’s community safety group will be established and young people will be

supported to participate in relevant community development projects.

A recovery café and a programme of linked activities will be piloted, as well as anti-litter campaigns and the establishment of a local community safety group which has

ongoing linkage with Neighbourhood Watch Scotland.