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RESIDENTS URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY OVER PROPOSED PUBLIC SECTOR HUB BOOST FOR ELLESMERE PORT
25th September 2015 – People in Ellesmere Port are being invited to have their say on proposals to transform the way public services are delivered in the town.
Cheshire West and Chester Council and its partners are exploring the benefits of creating a shared services hub that would bring together public sector organisations under one roof.
The facility should improve the delivery of public services while reducing the cost of delivering these services to the combined public purse.
Co-locating services provided by the local authority, police, fire, health and other partners would also boost the ongoing regeneration of the town by releasing land for redevelopment and the creation of new jobs and homes.
Local residents, businesses and the wider community are now being asked for their views as part of a major consultation titled Building Better Services in Ellesmere Port.
The proposals are being developed under the Government’s One Public Estate pilot as a way of removing barriers to partnership working and improving the delivery of targeted, integrated and preventative services to residents.
It is envisaged that co-locating services in a shared hub would deliver a better customer experience, remove duplication, improve outcomes for local people and rationalise the local public sector asset portfolio to deliver better value for money.
An outline business case has been produced and funding has been provisionally secured including £8.2m from the Local Growth Fund 2 programme for expenditure on capital works from 2017/18.
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity to deliver improved public services to the residents of Ellesmere Port and breathe life back in to the town centre, but it must be driven by what local people need and view as important.
“We want to encourage people to have their say during this consultation so that their views can be taken into account as proposals develop.”
Councillor Lynn Gibbon, Opposition Spokesman for Economic Development and Infrastructure and Housing, said: “We fully support this project as a way of regenerating and redeveloping Ellesmere Port and are keen for all residents to participate in the process from the start.”
In Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West and Chester Council, NHS England, West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service and Plus Dane Housing currently deliver services from a range of buildings across the town centre and in the immediate area.
It is proposed that the shared hub would co-locate these public sector providers and other organisations.
The consultation runs until November 22 and there are a range of ways to express your views.
A questionnaire can be completed online via the consultations page of the Council website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Paper copies are available from a number of venues in Ellesmere Port including libraries, community centres, children’s centres, GP surgeries and medical centres, Plus Dane Housing Office and the Job Centre.
Two thousand randomly selected addresses across town will receive a postal questionnaire in early September.
The deadline for questionnaires is October 16. All completed questionnaires will be entered into a draw for one of five prizes of £20 worth of high street gift vouchers.
Furthermore, two focus groups will be held in the town centre on Tuesday, October 6, from 7-8.30pm, and on Wednesday, October 7, from 10-11.30am.
The focus groups are open to all, but anyone wishing to attend must register for a place by Wednesday, September 23, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 123 8 123. All attendees will be offered £20 worth of high street gift vouchers in recognition of their time.
Up to November 22 you can also register your comments in the following ways:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone 0300 123 8 123
- By post: Building Better Services, Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE