Coastal Community Engagement for Hampshire County Council
In 2010 Resources for Change were commissioned by Hampshire County Council to develop a stakeholder and community engagement strategy for the DEFRA funded coastal change pathfinder project.
We developed an innovative and structured approach to gaining community engagement in the project, were asked to run a workshop at the Littoral.2010 conference in London titled 'Effective dialogue for involving landowners in coastal change and the decision making hierarchy'.
As a result of this work, Resources for Change were then commissioned by Hampshire County Council to carry out the implementation of this engagement strategy. The Project, named ‘CCATCH the Solent: Coastal Communities Adapting to Change’, focused on a 10km stretch of the coastline from the Beaulieu River to Southampton Water with an emphasis on Lepe Country Park, and involved all sectors of the local community in working towards developing a plan for the future of this area of the coast.
Resources for Change were commissioned by a partnership of Hampshire County Council, New Forest National Park Authority and other organisations to:
- Make sure community views were heard and knowledge shared.
- Give local people the opportunity to get involved in events and activities, as well as contribute to publications, artworks and online projects.
We ran a number of activities during summer and autumn 2010. These included:
- A Timeline of Change: building a picture of change in the past and into the future on this stretch of coast, by collecting stories, artifacts and images.
- Stories of Change: Using the written word and pictures to create a publication that describes people’s relationship with the coast: their memories, values, hopes and fears.
- A consultation on options for a new visitors’ centre as part of the future management for Lepe Country Park.
To find out more abour R4C's work, please contact Alison Davies.