Lancing Now and into the Future : Update

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Here is the latest update concerning the ‘Lancing: Now and the into the Future’ participation process that a lot of community minded people, district and parish councillors so generously gave their time to last year. 

The Council update

The officers from Parish and District have refined the set of community aspirations that were generated during the Big Conversation event on December 8th.  

At the event, the people worked together in groups to generate eight aspirations informed by the community stories that emerged from the community conversations and survey responses. 

During the evening, some ‘aspirations’ were more formed than others. Officers met last week (8th-13 January) to identify overlaps and refine from eight to five.  

Lancing Draft Aspirations
This a DRAFT for community validation

Lancing is a place where local people can stay and enjoy and others want to visit.
Lancing is a place where local people can stay and enjoy and others want to visit.

Lancing is a place where everyone can feel safe.
Lancing is a place where everyone can feel safe, whichever community space they are in and however they travel.

Lancings local ecomomy
Lancing’s local economy connects and invests in our youth and grows future adults and citizens

Lancing has improved
Lancing has an improved and more diverse high street that connects to our centres of excellence and our natural strengths.

Integrated Lancing
Lancing has an integrated and influential community that is serviced by and uses local resources (healthcare, transport, education, homes and energy.

How did we arrive at these aspirations?

These aspirations are the product of ‘Lancing: Now and into the Future’, a participation process which involved more than 300 local people and ran from October to December 2022.

As part of this process we took data on Lancing’s people, economy and environment into community conversations with different groups including young people, parents and carers, volunteers, older residents, the business community, health and community professionals, local politicians and council officers. We also shared the data through a public survey in digital and paper formats.

how we arrived at this draft plan

We invited all participants to share their experiences of Lancing now and what they thought was important for the future.

On 8th December 2022, we held a ‘big conversation’ event which was attended by 47 local people from the different community conversations and survey participants. We played back our findings from the conversations and survey responses in the form of eight community stories and asked participants to work together to write community aspirations informed by the stories.

At the event, participants generated eight aspirations. Some were more formed than others.

In early January 2023 a team of council officers from Lancing Parish Council and Adur District Council with support from Ideas Alliance identified the overlaps in aspirations and refined the eight aspirations down to five.

We want to acknowledge that the participation process did highlight how local people are very aware of the relationship between health outcomes and other factors. Including access to community, green spaces and affordable, healthy lifestyles.

For this reason, we have not included a standalone health-related aspiration but we hope you will see how health is embedded across all five aspirations.

The Ask

We invited all participants to share their experiences of Lancing now and what they thought was important for the future.

The council understands how important community validation is for these aspirations to have meaning and weight with the people of Lancing.  

To these ends, the council team needs your comments and feedback by Monday 30th January.  

You can email  thoughts, comments and feedback to:  LancingFuture@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Hard copies and a box for paper feedback will also be available at the Parish Hall reception and at Lancing Library.

The council team will take on board your feedback with reference to the research outputs from the ‘Lancing: Now and into the future’ process, and will finalise the aspirations for wider public circulation from February.

It is hoped that in their final form, Lancing’s aspirations will belong to the people of Lancing. The aspirations are ‘live’ and the research that underpins them can be used by local community groups and associations to inform their work.

The Hope

It is hoped that in their final form, Lancing’s aspirations will belong to the people of Lancing. The aspirations are ‘live’ and the research that underpins them can be used by local community groups and associations to inform their work.  

The councils (Lancing Parish, Adur District and West Sussex) will be using them to inform how we work with Lancing’s communities and what projects will be brought forward.

Many thanks in advance for your ongoing participation, we look forward to your feedback. 

Ruth Pineda

Communities Participation Lead, Wellbeing

Adur & Worthing Councils

Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HS

www.adur-worthing.gov.uk

16 January 2023

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