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Published 29 August 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council is asking residents to share their views on a draft Community Empowerment Strategy and Action Plan.

The plan is designed to transform the way the Council and partners work with communities, and help to make communities more resilient. It will support residents to develop the skills to have their say and influence decisions, taking more control over the issues that are important to them.

It will also set out the key action required in communities and from local services to ensure that this can happen.

When it is finalised, the strategy and action plan will be part of how the Community Empowerment Act is implemented. This will increase the influence communities can have on how local services are delivered and also make use of buildings and other resources.

A number of discussion events have already been held throughout West Dunbartonshire – including final consultation next week – and comments and suggestions from local people at these events will help to shape the final plan.

Residents are also being encouraged to take part in an online survey to voice their opinion.

Councillor Caroline McAllister, spokesperson for Community Empowerment, said: “Our residents are at the heart of what we do at West Dunbartonshire Council and we want to stress to them that opportunities to get involved in their community do exist.

“I’d encourage everyone to make a point of completing the online survey to tell us what your experience of getting involved in your community has been so far, and how this could be improved. The more voices we add to the discussion, the more relevant the Community Empowerment Strategy and Action Plan will be.”

Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We have asked the people of Clydebank, Dumbarton and Vale to give their input on their experiences of becoming more involved in their community.

“This feedback has been vital when putting together the draft Community Empowerment Strategy and Action Plan, and we are still working to ensure this reflects residents’ opinions, so I would encourage everyone to take part in the online survey if you were unable to go along to any of the events.”

To complete the online survey, please visit the following web address: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/West_Dun_Strategy

The survey is open for submissions until 13 September.