Creating a safe and sustainable place for future generations

Ambition

Perth and Kinross is a sustainable, safe place for everyone to live, work and visit, and we make the most of our outstanding urban and rural environment for the benefit of all.

The Challenges

The challenges faced by communities and the Community Planning Partnership include:

  • Working with our communities to develop resilience to emergency situations, and create safe and attractive local areas.
  • Further reducing crime and reoffending rates and supporting those who have committed offences to reintegrate into their community.
  • Supporting vulnerable people to get the assistance they need.
  • Maintaining the outstanding beauty of our urban and rural environments.
  • Responding to the agenda in relation to climate change.

What we are doing?

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Safer Communities

Everyone has the right to live in a safe and secure environment, where they feel protected and able to go about their business without fear of crime. The Perth and Kinross Community Watch scheme shares information about community safety issues throughout the area, and Joint Home Safety Visits by Community Wardens and Fire and Rescue staff to vulnerable or concerned members of our communities.  This help to make sure they feel safe in their homes.

Future challenges and priorities to keep Perth and Kinross a safe place have been identified by Police Scotland (2026 Strategy and Local Policing Plan).   Collaboration with Community Planning Partners and others is key to improving the safety and wellbeing of people and their communities.

We are planning to carry out further work on our fire rescue and risk reduction strategies, delivered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, with the support of other partners, to achieve our aim of zero fire fatalities in Perth and Kinross.

We continue to work across communities to support them to build resilience and confidence, including in emergency situations. We support volunteer community groups develop and maintain community emergency plans.  This makes a valuable difference to the preparedness of our local communities.

The new Community Justice Partnership is committed to working with local people to prevent and reduce offending and to support those who have committed offences to integrate into their local community. For example, where people have been sentenced to unpaid work, the Partnership looks at new and imaginative ways of making sure communities fully benefit from these orders.

For people who are released from prison, the Partnership works with the local community to make sure proper support is in place to help reduce the risk of people committing further offences. The Partnership has created an ambitious Outcomes Improvement Plan to ensure it achieves these goals.

Environment

Our nature and landscapes play an important role in supporting economic growth, improving people’s health and wellbeing, adapting to climate change and providing us with a strong sense of identity. Making the most of our nature and landscapes, and improving the health and resilience of these natural assets, are essential to maintaining our area.  Community groups (such as Friends of Parks, and local “In Bloom” groups) play a valuable role in protecting and enhancing our environment.

This joint working with our local communities creates and maintains cleaner, safer and healthier local environments.  Engaging with communities over land uses planning (such as the Local Development Plan) gives communities better opportunities to influence the future of their areas, and help create a sustainable environment for future generations.

By creating and maintaining sustainable communities, we can also address the consequences of environmental degradation such as climate change, and its implications on the use of public resources, habitat, energy supplies and other key issues.

The Scottish Government has set out ambitious targets for emission reductions, and energy strategy, along with proposed programmes and legislation to enable the delivery of the Government’s ambitions. The proposed legislation creates a series of additional duties on Community Planning Partners, particularly local authorities.

Flooding has been a major issue for Perth and Kinross so Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services, Police Scotland, SEPA and Scottish Water all work together on this important issue for so many local communities.

Access to good quality, affordable housing in Perth and Kinross is still a key priority for the Community Planning Partnership as we continue to have a shortage of suitable housing across all of our local communities. Our priority remains in sourcing land and opportunities to build new affordable housing (as outlined in our Local Housing  Strategy 2016-21), as well as to purchase former Council houses as needed, and to bring empty homes back into use for housing.

Smarter Connections

Feedback from our Local Action Partnerships and the recommendations of the Fairness Commission highlight public transport as a significant concern for many rural communities.

Accessible transport is essential to keep people mobile and connected and able to access services and activities.  This helps reduce the feeling of social isolation for people in our communities.  We need to work with communities to develop innovative solutions to meeting communities’ transport needs.

Perth and Kinross is a welcoming place for all who live and work here and for people who choose to visit. The Fairness Commission highlighted that all services need to recognise the distinct challenges, cultural issues and inequalities that many people face. This may include translation and interpretation support for people to

access the services they need; and working with people with disabilities, to ensure any identified barriers to their daily lives are addressed wherever possible.

What’s next and what difference will it make?

As a partnership we have identified the following priorities to create a safe and sustainable place for future generations.  These are:-

1. Building Safer, Stronger and sustainable communities.

Current

We will increase our community safety resilience by supporting volunteer community groups and their plans to deal with emergencies and create safer local communities. We will build on our approach to benefitting from nature and landscapes by supporting communities to preserve and protect their environment, and also be part of the decisions that affect them. We will review our community warden service to make sure it focuses on our key local priorities.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • More communities that are involved and supported in developing and sustaining local resilience partnerships, giving local responses to emergency situations.
  • Mechanisms in place to ensure vulnerable communities can report crimes and access services without necessarily choosing a traditional reporting pathway.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • More support to the local action partnerships to become more directly engaged in local community safety issues.

2. Less offending

Current

We will make sure people who have previously offended have better access to the services they need, including welfare, health and wellbeing, housing, employability and volunteering to break the cycle of reoffending.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • A further reduction in reoffending.
  • Better access to services for previous offenders, including welfare, health and wellbeing, housing, employability and volunteering.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Interventions that are fully evaluated to determine their effectiveness when employed with different types of people who offend.
  • The services previous offenders require identified and accessed timeously and positively influencing their lives.
  • A sustained reduction in reoffending.

By 2027/2028 there will be:-

  • Interventions employed which will continue to reduce the risk of further offending.

3. Supporting communities to feel safe.

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We will work with local communities and 3rd Sector organisations to identify people in vulnerable circumstances and make sure they receive the support they need, enabling local people to play a part in this.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • Additional measures to identify people in vulnerable circumstances. Vulnerable people will feel safer and all partner agencies will be identifying and reporting any adult concerns.
  • More residents who feel safe in their communities and more support will be available for people, to help reduce the need for hospital admissions, particularly for over 65s.
  • Measures put in place to reduce unintentional injury in the home.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Local networks in place for identifying and notifying vulnerability. There will be sustained identification and reporting of any adult concerns.
  • Increased third party reporting as people will have more confidence to report domestic abuse.

By 2027/2028 there will be:

  • Local culture and systems of support along with recognition that not all communities are the same. Supports provided will reflect local circumstances and needs.

4.Protecting our outstanding area.

Current

We will work with people, communities and local organisations to improve our public places by encouraging communities to use and own their greenspaces; and improving local air quality.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • The barriers preventing our communities from accessing and owning our greenspaces will be identified.
  • ‘Air Quality Action Plans’ (AQAPs) for Perth City and the High Street area in Crieff.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Local community groups established and engaged in addressing litter and environmental issues including fly tipping and non-native species.
  • There will be an increase in the number of adults giving time to volunteer.
  • Improved health and wellbeing of the local community as a result of reducing air pollution in Perth and Crieff.
  • Measures to reduce traffic and congestion related emissions.
  • The promotion of modal shift in transport from cars to active travel.
  • An action plan to prevent and manage invasive non-native species.

By 2027/2028 there will be:

  • Shared spaces developed through a collaborative approach with communities in order to create places that are multi use and to which people feel connected, with improved levels of cleanliness.
  • Members of the community with greater choice to change their transportation to more sustainable means.
  • Greenspaces connected to shared spaces by means of shared path networks which link to improved health outcomes and air quality.
  • Innovative and evidence based decisions that improve air quality, and reduction in the economic impacts associated with health related air pollution.

5. Building a sustainable future.

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We will use our own organisations and influences to address climate change, tackle pollution, make sustainable energy choices, reduce and recycle waste and promote sustainable transport options, such as cycling and walking to support people’s health and wellbeing.

We will promote a more sustainable economy through projects that mitigate and prepare for climate change scenarios. We will work with communities to develop an economy where we maximise use of resources, then recover and recycle products and materials.

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • Future risks and opportunities for partners and our communities of predicted climate change scenarios and impacts identified, and action taken to adapt accordingly.
  • Future risks and opportunities for partners and our communities identified in relation to the sustainable use of resources.
  • The total domestic energy consumption in the Perth and Kinross area (kWh) will have reduced.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Further contributions locally to the Scottish Government’s target for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from public sector organisations (tonnes CO2) will be reduced by at least 56%.
  • An increase in household recycling contributing to the Scottish Government’s target of 60% recycling by 2020.

By 2027/2028 there will be:

  • Further lowering of greenhouse gas emissions in the area, based on the Scottish Government’s target of at least 66%. There will be a further reduction in emissions from public sector organisations.
  • Further increase in recycling, contributing to the Scottish Government’s target of 70% recycling by 2025 and a maximum 5% sent to landfill.
  • Future risks and opportunities for partners and their communities, identified in relation to the sustainable resources. The total domestic energy consumption in the Perth and Kinross area (kWh) will have reduced.

6. Smarter connections

Current

We will work together and with all sectors to reduce rural and social isolation and improve accessibility by supporting ways of making people more mobile and better connected through digital technology and community transport schemes. We will work with local communities to develop walking routes, cycle pathways, shared street space and infrastructure to support electric vehicles..

By 2018/19 there will be:

  • A revised road safety plan incorporating the importance of community led road safety initiatives.
  • City Wi-Fi providing opportunities for community safety messaging.

By 2020/2021 there will be:-

  • Examples of good practice where local communities have led road safety plans.
  • Integrated public space and other CCTV and community alarms, providing opportunities to keep people safe in their homes.

By 2027/2028 there will be:

  • An increased number of electric charging stations across Perth and Kinross.
  • An increased number of community transport schemes operating in Perth and Kinross in particular within rural communities.
  • Communities better connected and data used locally to provide an early warning system and more personalised services.

Delivery Groups

The Environment Partnership works to improve public spaces in Perth and Kinross.

The Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency task group to improve public safety in Perth and Kinross.

Third Sector

The Community Justice Third Sector Forum  for Perth and Kinross was set up in September 2016. The forum is made up of third sector organisations that have an interest in Community Justice services in Perth and Kinross. It seeks to encourage communication, participation and collaboration between Third Sector organisations and strategic partners within the field of community justice.

Strategies

The Draft Policing Plan for Perth and Kinross presents the local police plan 2017-20, and provides members with an opportunity to comment on the main priorities and objectives.

The Police Scotland Annual Police Plan provides strategic direction to policing in Scotland.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Strategic Plan

The National Strategy for Community Justice sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for Community Justice and the role of the Community Planning Partnership in it.

The Perth and Kinross Community Justice Partnership Outcomes Improvement Plan 2017-2020 identifies Improvement Actions, Principles and common indicators for the local area.

The Perth and Kinross Development Plan covers a wide range of issues such as housing, transport, employment, shopping, recreation, conserving and protecting wildlife and the countryside. The Plan takes a long-term view of development, considering how much and broadly where it should go.

Perth & Kinross Council Waste Management Plan 2010-25.

Perth and Kinross Local Housing Strategy 

Performance and data

Scottish Government Crime and Justice Statistics.

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2016 aims to provide an easily accessible reference document that offers a wide range of information on environmental topics.

Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership: Regional Transport Strategy

Useful Links

Scottish Government- BiodiversityTravelEnergyWaste and Public Safety 

Perth & Kinross Council- Countryside and Wildlife gives information on exploring the countryside.

Perth & Kinross Council- Planning and Building

Perth and Kinross – Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) is a partnership of various bodies including health, social work, police and the voluntary sector. ADP is a strategic organisation committed to working together for the benefit of local people.

 

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