Cornwall Council is chosen as one of most creative councils in the countryDoes anyone have a clue what it actually means? It appears to say that Cornwall Council will try to solve local problems. If so, that's hardly innovative. Surely providing good quality local services and responding to local concerns is what councils are all about?
A groundbreaking proposal which will see public sector organisations in Cornwall working with communities to find new ways of tackling local problems has been shortlisted for the national Creative Councils programme.
The aim of the programme, which is being run by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and the Local Government Group, is to support councils to develop new approaches to meet the challenges facing communities and local services over the next few years.
The Council’s application, which has been developed in partnership with the Cornwall School of Social Entrepreneurs, Volunteer Cornwall and CISCO IBSG, is one of just 17 out of 137 bids submitted by councils across the country shortlisted to go forward to the next stage of the process. The application builds on the community centred work of Dott Cornwall.
“As Eric Pickles recognised earlier this year we are a “can do” council which has never been afraid to do things differently” said Council Leader Alec Robertson.
“Our proposal involves working with communities to improve their local areas by making change happen. Rather than imposing solutions, we want to support local people to work with us to identify and then solve the problems they face. We will then work with them to develop the best ideas and create business plans around their proposed solutions”.