New Chair for ONE Haverhill
31 July 2013
After two years as Chairman of ONE Haverhill, Anne Gower will stand down in September after leading the partnership from its formation to the successful launch of the town’s community budget.
Sarah Howard, who represents Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on the ONE Haverhill Board was appointed Chairman after a majority vote. She said:
"ONE Haverhill has received national recognition for its work on the Haverhill Community Budget and I aim to build on this success going forward. Haverhill is a great place to live and work and ONE Haverhill looks forward to continue to bring organisations in the town together to work in partnership to help the people of our town."
Under Anne’s chairmanship over the last two years ONE Haverhill has grown and partnerships have been strengthened, culminating last month in the launch of the Haverhill Community Budget Plan.
“Sarah has been Vice-Chair of the partnership for the last two years and has ably led the core group in developing the Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot for Haverhill.
“I wish Sarah, and ONE Haverhill, every success going forward into its next phase. I would also like to take this final opportunity to say thank you to the members of the Board who have supported me publicly and privately – it has been a joy to work with them and I sincerely wish them all the best for the future.”
18 November 2013
ONE Haverhill Board has again voted against opening its Board meetings to the public.
ONE Haverhill is an independent partnership that brings organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town.
Debate has been ongoing since ONE Haverhill was formed in 2011 on whether the Board meetings, held every other month, should be open to the public. This is despite the fact that the organisation does not control a budget and makes no decisions on public monies, which are held by the local authorities.
Chairman of ONE Haverhill Sarah Howard said:
“ONE Haverhill is a catalyst, an enabling organisation, where ideas are discussed with different public and private sectors organisations in the town represented. It is not a council meeting.
“I think people must remember that all public monies still sit with organisations that are responsible for them and any decisions on what will be done with these monies quite rightly still lies with those organisations and their elected representatives.
“In the case of local authorities, plans for public monies are discussed and decided upon in by elected representatives such as the town, borough and county councils and the public are entitled to attend those meetings.”
The vote, carried out electronically, resulted in 7 votes for and ten against, four abstained.
Planning the town centre for 2031
18 November 2013
ONE Haverhill, a joint partnership that brings organisations and resources together in the town, has begun work on a draft town centre plan for Haverhill as part of the Vision 2031 masterplan.
Vision 2031 sets out a plan to guide the overall direction of how and where the borough will grow and change. It is part of the St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Local Plan, which establishes where development will take place across the borough over the next 20 years. Once adopted the documents will be part of the statutory planning policy for the borough.
The town centre masterplan will form part of the Vision 2031 document to guide the planners of what Haverhill wants in its town centre for the future.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council estimates that the population of Haverhill will grow to 35,000 by 2031, this is the number of people who currently live in Bury St Edmunds. Haverhill traditionally has had a younger population but this is changing.
ONE Haverhill will be using similar innovative consultation techniques it used for the Haverhill Community budget last year. This will involve consulting with residents but also businesses and retailers in Haverhill to look at what makes a successful town centre, aspirations for the town, historic issues, accessibility, the amenities, attractions and how space can be adapted.
8 August 2013
ONE Haverhill has been given national recognition by the Department of Communities and Local Governments which has invited three members of the Haverhill Community Budget team to become Ambassadors for their neighbourhood community budget project.
Haverhill was chosen by the Government as one of just 12 areas in the UK to pilot a new way of giving local communities more say in the way budgets are spent, called neighbourhood community budgets. ONE Haverhill presented the final Haverhill Community Budget in June. After the successful Government pilot, the scheme will now expand to include a further 100 community budgets across the UK under the new name Our Place!
Now Minister for Communities Don Foster MP has written to ONE Haverhill to personally thank the partnership for its work on the pilot and invite Anne Gower, former Chair of ONE Haverhill, Sarah Howard, Chair, and Mark Parker, Project Officer, to become Our Place! Champions to mentor other towns and cities.
16 October 2013
Community groups and organisations in Haverhill that needed funding for projects which improve opportunities for young people or improve the physical environment of the town were invited to submit their applications for a ONE Haverhill grant.
3rd round of Community Grants awarded
Board votes on meeting format
News Archive 2013
National recognition for ONE Haverhill
3 August 2013
Community groups and organisations in Haverhill that need funding for projects which improve opportunities for young people or improve the physical environment of the town are being urged to submit their applications for a ONE Haverhill grant.
Groups can apply for up to £5,000 from a special grant pot, made available to ONE Haverhill by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, to fund projects that are complimentary to the Haverhill Community Budget Plan priorities. Community groups can now apply and the deadline for applications is midday on Thursday September 12.
Applications will be considered from groups which meet three or more key criteria. They must also demonstrate that the funding will make a real difference to the people of Haverhill, have clear objectives and plans for the project and how they will measure its effectiveness.
Sarah Howard, Chair of One Haverhill said:
"ONE Haverhill has been distributing grants with money made available by St Edmundsbury Borough Council for two years now but in June we announced that going forward the grant scheme would be aligned to the two priorities in the community budget plan."
“We are looking to help groups who improve opportunities for young people or improve the physical environment of the town.”
Please note: Applications are now closed
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ONE Haverhill chair to stand down
11 July 2013
After two years as Chairman of ONE Haverhill, Anne Gower is to stand down in September after leading the partnership from its formation to the successful launch of the town’s community budget.
Anne, who represents Suffolk County Council on ONE Haverhill, was appointed to Chair the partnership during a two year transition period where it could develop and ‘find its feet’ - that period ends in September.
ONE Haverhill unveils Community Budget Plan
6 June 2013
Today ONE Haverhill will unveil plans for a unique youth project for the town which has been made possible by the collaboration between local authorities, businesses, education, and other partners.
The Haverhill Community Budget set out to achieve change for the town initially in two areas - better opportunities for our young people and improving the physical environment in the town, all priorities decided on by extensive community engagement with local residents last Summer.
Looking at ways to use resources already allocated to the town in a way that local people want them to be used is at the heart of the community budget plan. After research into what finances are allocated to Haverhill, ONE Haverhill, which does not hold a budget for the town, has pooled these resources 'virtually' and worked with organisations including local authorities to prepare a community budget plan. This reallocation of resources have then been approved by the organisations which hold the funding.
What started as a reasonably modest aim of creating an additional 10 apprenticeship posts in the town over the next year has developed into a plan to open a “One Stop Shop” for the young people of Haverhill incorporating career development, youth leisure activities and access to youth services.
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“Following on from the progress made by first twelve pilots our aim is to build an Our Place! ‘movement’. We have already being contacted by other areas who are, or who are looking to, take a community-led neighbourhood approach to tackling local issues. I am sure there must be many others who, with a bit of support and advice, would be keen to use this approach. I am convinced that sharing compelling stories from areas which are already working in this way is the best way to persuade other communities to take control of their neighbourhoods.”
Don Foster MP
by letter to ONE Haverhill