The Upper Eden Community Plan (UECP) is the result of collaborative working between seventeen Parishes in the Upper Eden area surrounding and including the key service centre of Kirkby Stephen.
Eden District Council granted the UECP Group £10,000 from its Local Authority Business Growth Incentive (LABGI) finances in February 2009. The Community Plan Group decided to use the funds to employ their own part-time co-ordinator to fulfil a number of actions in their Community Plan that were closely aligned to the Council's own Corporate Priorities.
Once a co-ordinator was in place, the Council's Policy Officer worked with the Group to formulate a simple Service Level Agreement (SLA) which specified what outcomes from their Community Plan would be delivered for the benefit of the community within one year. The Group were then assisted over the year with the monitoring and delivery of the agreed actions.
A number of improvements came from the SLA including the development of free advertising for local businesses, walking programmes being developed to increase visitor numbers and support for the development of a community exchange.
At the end of the SLA term, the Group were supported to apply for Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) money and agreed a new SLA with Cumbria County Council to ensure the Group's financial continuation for the next three years.
In 2010, the Upper Eden Community Plan Group were chosen as one of three areas in Eden to be part of a Big Society Vanguard.
See the Upper Eden Community Plan.
For further information
Contact: Senior Communities Officer
Telephone: 01768 212268
Address: Communities Team, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG