This year Warwickshire County Council (WCC) consulted on a proposal to stop funding the dedicated Pride in Camp Hill (PinCH) team, based at the CHESS Centre in Camp Hill. WCC needed to make a saving of £102K, in order to contribute to the overall One Organisation Plan (OOP) savings of £4.4m. In February 2017 WCC’s Cabinet agreed the need to make savings, including reviewing support to PinCH.
WCC seeked the views of local Camp Hill residents and businesses, their partners Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC), Homes England, Barratt Homes, Lovells and local stakeholders including local schools, the local Church and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action. The consultation closed on 31st July 2018.
There were 47 responses to the online and paper surveys and 10 people attended the drop in sessions. Key themes which emerged from residents included:
- recognition of the contribution the team has made to building social cohesion
- the benefits of having a local team to be the eyes and ears of the community
- concerns at the loss of specific services including the Code Club and Camp Hill News
- the need for continuing support for the final re-housing phase.
On 8 November 2018 WCC Cabinet considered a report on the outcome of the consultation. This recognised the contribution the team has made and reported the following:
- some services eg the Code Club, are not run by PinCH and will be continue to be provided by other organisations
- some services may stop eg Camp Hill News but that alternative ways of providing the publication are being looked at
- by adjusting delivery of the savings WCC could make a partial saving now, whilst continuing to fund PinCH at a reduced level until June 2020 in order to support NBBC to fulfil the rehousing and redevelopment contracts in the final stage and manage stewardship.
Cabinet resolved to agree this approach and formally support the revised plan for the implementation of the OOP savings regarding PinCH. The minutes of the meeting are available here.
The decision will result in changes for the local office and staff and these will be communicated to the local community over the next two months.