This evening I attended the Western Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnership. For ease of reference I'll refer to it as the NP.
NP's are the local version of Community Planning where different partners from Council Departments, Councillors, the NHS, Police and Community Councils come together to plan and discuss local services.
There are 13 NP's in Edinburgh. They have all produced local Plans outlining how they will work to improve service in their areas. The most immediate and spectacular success has been the work between the Council and the Police. This close partnership working which has involved co-located Police Officers has been a major factor in driving down crime and anti social behaviour over the last 3 years.
Much of the partnership working has involved officers through Service for Communities Neighbourhood Teams and their work has resulted in great strides forward with cleanliness, Housing Management and Community Safety issues. The formal partnerships have taken a little bit more time to become established but I feel they are beginning to make their marks.
Tonight we had presentations about proposed changes to the Community Health Management, improvements to drive even better results out of our police, a look at the terrific plans for the new Drum Brae Library and Day Centre and also a discussion about the implementation of the local Plan.
All in all very good progress.
Read all about the Western NP at: