Community Action Scheme
The Community Action Scheme brings together residents and a range of organisations to tackle housing and environmental issues in a specific area by identifying local priorities and making best use of resources.
Who takes part in the scheme?
The Community Action Scheme is led by our Community Action Team (CAT), which includes members of our environment, health and consumer protection (EHCP), planning, Neighbourhood wardens and housing teams, who work alongside police and community support officers and fire and rescue teams. As well as delivering some level of enforcement, we have a key role in promoting health and healthier lifestyles.
While our members stay involved throughout the programme, other partners may join in the delivery of certain programmes in line with identified problems or issues.
Why is this work happening?
We work across the county and provide resources to target particular areas and problems. We use enforcement powers to encourage owners, occupiers and landlords to take responsibility for their neighbourhood and their properties.
How does this work?
We normally deliver an eight to ten week rolling programme, moving around the county and focusing on a certain community each time. This breaks down into:
- 2 weeks of identifying issues and planning priorities
- 4 to 6 weeks of action
- 2 weeks of review
When moved on to another area, any new issues are then dealt with by the existing services in the area. This unique project model, working alongside the community to improve local conditions, means that the impact of the Community Action Scheme continues beyond the project period, with residents experiencing longer-term benefits.
What is happening?
We deal with a range of issues including:
- improving housing standards and the management of privately rented property
- dealing with empty properties
- ensuring that rubbish that has been dumped in gardens, on streets and on waste ground is removed
- assisting with improvements to buildings and abandoned land
- investigating noise issues
- challenging under-age sales of alcohol and tobacco
- implementing energy efficiency schemes
- advising on consumer rights and dealing with cold callers
Information from those involved with the community informs the main priorities chosen by residents during a residents' engagement event at the start of the CAT programme. We then focus on these during our four to six weeks of action.
When and where is it happening?
The Community Action Scheme's next project is in Spennymoor..
Each location is evaluated against a set of criteria to prioritise areas with the greatest need within County Durham and identify areas suitable for the scheme. This is calculated using data on empty homes, health deprivation, the percentage of tenants of privately rented accommodation in receipt of housing benefit, anti-social behaviour and crime.
Find information on Community Action Scheme - previous projects. In each area, priorities for improvement were identified and we worked with local residents in resolving these issues.
Praise for the scheme
The Community Action Scheme was commended in the Trading Standards and Environmental Health category in The Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards 2013.
In partnership with
- Municipal Journal 2013 Achievement Awards - Commended
- Community Action
- Community Action
- 03000 261 016
Our address is:
- Durham County Council
- Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
- PO Box 617
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
- DH1 9HZ