We first recruited two experienced project co-ordinators, with a complimentary skill set to orchestrate and develop the Dunbar – 2025 Vision and accompanying ‘Local Resilience Action Plan’. We adopted a simple conceptual framework to help us focus on our objectives and keep the project on track.
This vision and accompanying action plan has now been published on our new publishing platform http://ourlocality.org/2025/ while a summary leaflet has been distributed to every household in the Dunbar and East Linton ward. The Local Resilience Action Plan itself covers not just the expected fields of Energy, Transport and Food, but also goes into Health and, Enterprise and Skills.
The purpose of the plan is to provide a guiding framework for Sustaining Dunbar’s work in the years to come. It attempts to articulate in an accessible and useable format (and with clear links to East Lothian Council’s Single Outcome Agreement) the actions that will be required to enable both short term changes and longer term structural changes e.g. in planning policy and the local economy, as we move to a low carbon future. The plan also describes the kind of supportive framework that will be needed at the neighbourhood level.
The community engagement programme that took place to develop this action plan has given us a baseline against which to measure future progress in building local resilience, including future carbon savings. The broad approach is summarised in this presentation, which was given to key stakeholders.