28 local Stakeholders held a workshop on 14th July 2017 to share views and agree practical steps for enhancing the CB1 area for residents, businesses and visitors. Independent facilitators heard from CB1 residents, developers, building managers and representatives from organisations including the City Council, the police, Anglia Ruskin University, student accommodation providers Downing and Host CB1, as well as the housing association bpha.
All stakeholders were supportive of CB1 but identified some improvements that could be made to build the community. Three themes were identified:
- Communication – requirement for clear channels for all those concerned with the development to connect with the CB1 community, providing up-to-date information and enabling feedback.
- Anti-Social Behaviour – the emphasis lay on setting out clear lines of communication, clarity of responsibilities, reporting mechanisms and protocols amongst all stakeholders.
- Community Cohesion – the focus was on establishing a CB1 ‘Residents Association’ for all residents and developing events to bring the different communities in CB1 together.
In response to the workshop conclusions, the development team will create a new look CB1 newsletter which will accompany the new website in providing timely information about development progress, estate management, events, on-site amenities and contact details.