Achieving added value through community engagement

Chester - 22/23 September 2010



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About the conference

The new Government agenda* advocates:

  • devolving power down to neighbourhoods
  • a Big Society based around social responsibility and community action
  • the delivery of public services by social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups
  • celebrating the work of neighbourhood groups & encouraging more people to take part
  • empowering communities to come together to address local issues.

 *from the Conservative Party website

Do we have proof that this works and if so, are there examples of good practice that we might learn from?

This conference will offer information and guidance from people with experience and expertise to help you to deliver added value to your projects and corporate objectives.

WHY? and HOW? will be explored and tested with the aim of producing a ‘Charter for Community Engagement’.


Who should attend

Local Authority elected members and officers from all disciplines; community leaders and representatives of community groups, civic and amenity societies; professionals concerned with all aspects of planning, conservation, tourism, traffic management, urban design and economic development.


Conference Venue

The Pavilion, Chester Racecourse, CH1 2LY

The Programme 


Wednesday 22 September

15.30City Walking Tour lead by Chester Civic Trust Meeting point outside outside the TIC at Chester Town Hall
18.30 Reception hosted by the Sheriff of Chester Cllr Patricia Lott Council Chamber in Chester Town Hall

Thursday 23 September 

 The Pavilion, Chester Racecourse,
09.15Registration / coffee / tea  
09.45Welcome Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Neil Ritchie
 Introduction Debbie Dance, Chair, Historic Towns Forum
10.00Keynote speech Professor Phil Redmond CBE
10.35Why it’s worth it Tony Burton, Director, Civic Voice
11.00Coffee / tea  
11.30Broadening engagement Deborah Lamb, Director of National Advice and Information, English Heritage
11.55Community involvement in practice: an architect's view Tony Barton, Deputy Chairman, Donald Insall Associates
12.20Our programme of community engagement Cllr Mike Jones, Leader, Cheshire West and Chester Council
12.45Q and A  
 14.00Study tours
demonstrating community engagement in Chester
  • City Walls and Portico Project Lead by Donald Insall Associates
  • Chester Racecourse Lead by Chris Clayton of Chester Race Company
  • ‘Old Port’ and Water Tower Gardens
15.00Tea / coffee  
15.30Parallel sessions to identify good practice, gaps and pitfalls
 Involvement or Public Inconvenience? -
the role of civic societies
 Stephen Langtree, Vice President, Chester Civic Trust
 Enquiry by design James Hulme, Director of Public Policy, The Prince's Foundation
 Case study - All Souls, Bolton Peter Aiers, Major Projects Manager, Churches Conservation Trust & Mohammed Mangera, Director, Urban Solutions
16.30A Charter for Community Engagement Debbie Dance, Chair, Historic Towns Forum


 HTF MembersNon-MembersRepresentatives of Civic Amenity Societies & Community Groups
Familiarisation Tour £5£5£5
Reception £10£10£10
Conference Day £90*£120*£50
*Special fee: for an Officer and an Elected Member attending the conference day from the same Local Authority one place is offered at half price.


HTF has negotiated a special rate at The Holiday Inn Express at Chester Racecourse (at delegate's own expense) - £75 B&B per room per night.  To book please call 01244 327900 or email quoting ‘HTF’

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