We’re using a tool called the “Place Standard”. This is a way of helping to get conversations going about any place (it could be your street, neighbourhood or town), by using some simple questions. The Place Standard is already widely used in Scotland, to help citizens and organisations talk about local places.
We began by testing out the Place Standard in Golcar, Cowlersley, Milnsbridge and Longwood for two weeks in July 2018. Staff from Kirklees Council and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing were out and about in the area during that time, and we contacted lots of local organisations to ask people to join in. Our thanks to the Golcar Ward councillors who were actively involved.
We’re now supporting other communities in Kirklees to use the Place Standard. In some areas, community organisations and volunteers are running the activities, and in other areas these activities might be run by Kirklees Council’s staff and partners. Everyone can get involved.
If you’re interested in using the Place Standard to start conversations about your place, we can offer advice and help. You’ll find examples of current Place Standard activities in Kirklees on this website, and the results of previous activities.
We are all keen to know whether you find this approach useful.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
Our thanks to Glasgow City Council & NHS Health Scotland
for the use of the Place Standard tool.