Community Engagement

How do Marine Planning Partnerships work with their local communities? 

Would you like to become more involved, but don’t know how?

What information would MPPs welcome from their local communities? 

How would community groups like to provide an input to the work of Marine Planning Partnerships?

Why the contribution is important

The Committee wants to understand what is working well with Marine Planning Partnerships and what could work better in future. 

by ScotParlCEU on November 15, 2019 at 02:41PM

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  • Posted by TheresaNelson November 27, 2019 at 21:58

    At a meeting in Troon with a member of the ECCLR on Sunday, 24 November, community members spoke about their feelings that their voices were not being heard and taken into account in CMPP meetings. What I heard at the meeting was that there would soon be a new member of the CMPP team who was to be a Community Liaison Officer. It might be that persons role to try to make contact with local community groups to try to give them a route to voice their views. If this is the case that person needs to have the time and support to do so.

    The feelings of almost all attending the above mentioned meeting that their voices were not being heard and thus their views not considered led to the request of all that it be noted that if there are to be regional plans than resources must be given to those regional teams to enable proper community involvement - ie the money and manpower to allow this to happen.

    At the same discussion it was pointed out that the 8 local councils constituting the Clyde Marine Region had been asked to take a seat at the CMPP. Local community councils had not been asked as the sheer number would make the CMPP membership number unwieldy. IF this is the case, then councils must take the initiative to prompt their Community Council Liaison Officers to put the effort in to seek out CC views and pass these on. One attendee at the Troon meeting said that their CCLO was incapable of doing such a task and that in any case the CCLO was not trusted. These are things that the Council should be monitoring. The Scottish Government brought Community Councils into existence and should ensure that they are working. And the government should use the local CCs for just such a purpose as gathering the views of community members on subjects such as regional marine plans.
  • Posted by TheresaNelson November 27, 2019 at 22:17

    Just to add here that I have just been on the CMPP website and cannot find a map that shows me the councils that constitute the region. Looking at the list of CMPP members I do not see Glasgow Council. Why are any councils covered by the region not required to be on the committee?
  • Posted by TheresaNelson November 27, 2019 at 22:19

    At the end of the Troon meeting attendees were asked if they had any further questions - what I wish I had asked is what the ECCLR team were taking away from the meeting? How will we here what was noted and considered worth reporting from the meeting?
  • Posted by OrkneyMarinePlanning December 13, 2019 at 09:59

    Engagement: needs to be adapted to the different types of audience you want to engage. Whilst open, public meetings can get good attendance if publicised well, there is a limit what one marine planning officer can do, so expectations need to be managed and limitations of capacity recognized.
    Many attendees to events are likely to be agencies, as part of their day job, therefore it is more difficult to capture other stakeholders during the day; challenge of evening events = extra cost. Reliant on ferries/planes/weather for island communities and capacity for the one marine planning officer to arrange/attend, when the key focus of the job is the actual plan preparation. Sufficient staff to undertake engagement effectively is therefore essential.
    Orkney Islands Council used ‘Visual Minutes’, a very successful but costly method that comprises artists capturing the essence of a workshop/public event as it is happening. The output is a highly colourful graphic representation of local ideas and priorities, which can be used to illustrate the RMP process in multiple formats.
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