Improving accessibility and connectivity

The rural nature of Angus presents challenges both in terms of the digital and physical access which if supported will help to reduce inequalities across the whole area. As part of this priority, the strategy being developed under Active and Sustainable Travel is now underway and creates an opportunity to align with the CPP priorities.

Alongside this, there is a requirement to promote and encourage active and sustainable travel. This has presented an opportunity as Angus Council has just commissioned Anson’s consulting to review and extend the Action Plan of the Strategy.


Activity to improve accessibility and connectivity

Volunteer placements

Angus Extra programme: Available across libraries, museums and country parks

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Feedback from young people to shape the future placements - Volunteering contribution towards the completion of Saltire Awards

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people (Friday afternoons)


Supporting care experienced young people

Trial in Arbroath

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: TBC

How impact will be assessed: those accessing services

Timescale: 2019/2020

Group the action is intended to support: looked after young people


Young Carers Support

Those with caring responsibilities are given free Be Active memberships

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: number of free passes distributed

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young carers


John Muir Award

Supporting those young people in secure residential care achieve the award through participation, practical voluntary work and skills development.

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: funding through Forestry Commission

How impact will be assessed: TBC

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people in secure residential care


NASA programme

Providing funding and support to 65 athletes a year across Angus 

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: 65 athletes supported - 30 received grants others received free access to services 

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people with aspirations within sport


Holiday Activities Programme

Range of free services: libraries, museums

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: attendees and feedback

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: low-income families across Angus


Summer Reading Challenge in libraries

Mobile libraries also used for areas of deprivation specifically Arbroath Saltire 

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: based on demand. The initial project had 12 successful completers

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: low-income families across Angus


Summer Reading Challenge Tesco Bank

Supporting those with difficulties reading with their parents

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: 700 participants across Angus

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people


Supporting Angus carers

Through Respitality Scotland: donation of panto tickets and leisure access 

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: 100 donations of free tickets

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: carers


Go Swim

Brechin Community Sports Hub and Angus Alive partnership to provide non-swimmers with lessons

Lead: Partnership Initiative

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Pathway to swimming club - through providing swimming lessons to adults they would more likely take their children swimming

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people and adults


Arbroath Library - Coderdojo

Improve access to STEM skills. Code Club currently delivering at Montrose library.

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Progression on to STEM subjects at school

Timescale: 2019onwards

Group the action is intended to support: Young People: CoderDojo 7 - 17-year-old, Code Club coding for P5-P7


Digital Skills

For all abilities, 3D Design and Print, VR experiences and access to new technologies  - Opportunity for partnership working: Identifying duplication and joint working options

Lead: ANGUSalive

Resources allocated: Within existing budget *There is a course charge

How impact will be assessed: Progression on to STEM subjects at school

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: Young People (S1-S3) - Friday afternoons


Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband

Lead: Digital Scotland

Resources allocated: £410m UK/SG/Local Authority/ERDF and BT

How impact will be assessed: increased fibre to the cabinet across Scotland to 95% of Scotland (93% Angus) 31 Dec 2017 019 onwards

Timescale: 2

Group the action is intended to support: premises based on postcode proximity


Gain share

Lead: Angus Council

Resources allocated: £15.6Million of re-invested capital 

How impact will be assessed: Continued delivery of fibre to the cabinet and premise before the commencement of R100 Programme

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: based on premises


R100 programme

Lead: Angus Council

Resources allocated: £600m

How impact will be assessed: 100% of premises in Scotland with access to speeds greater than 30Mbps by end 2021

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: all premises in Angus and Scotland


Local full-fibre network

Lead: Angus Council

Resources allocated: £9.2m

How impact will be assessed: Fibre connection across public sector assets in  Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose and Forfar

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: four key towns and two rural schools


Radio and fibre backhaul through Tay Cities Award

Lead: Angus Council

Resources allocated: £1m

How impact will be assessed: supported backhaul and radio to remote areas

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: rural areas in Angus


Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Tactran has produced a MaaS Playbook drawing together previous experience of MaaS activity within the Tactran region, including DRT in Angus, and developing proposals to take MaaS to the next level.

Lead: Tactran

Resources allocated: £10k for a consultancy project for MaaS Development with a view to bidding into the MaaS Investment Fund of £2m launched on 20th June.

How impact will be assessed: There will be a clear set of criteria adopted by Tactran to judge the consultancy project and by Transport Scotland for the MaaS Investment Fund.

Timescale: 2019 Onwards

Group the action is intended to support: The MaaS Investment Fund will target isolated areas including rural Angus and include a Tourism challenge for visitor attractions across the area. Those in transport poverty, including younger and older people, will be particularly targeted.


EV Strategy

The strategy aims to strengthen the region’s collective progress in delivering EV growth, building on the excellent work already being undertaken by partners and
maximising the benefits across the region. The strategy and action plan should enable the region to be well-positioned for the “Take-off” phase beyond 2020.

Lead: Tactran

Resources allocated: £35k for a consultancy project, future investment will be dependent on a combination of public-private funding.

How impact will be assessed: The impact will be assessed by the growth of the market locally; the number and quality of charging points compared to the average rate across Scotland; and the take-up of both private and public electric vehicles within the region.

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: The EV Strategy is intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public investment in EV charging infrastructure across the region and ultimately make low carbon travel options accessible to everyone.


Local Rail Development Fund (LRDF2)

The fund enables local communities to appraise and potentially bring forward proposals aimed at tackling local rail connectivity issues. Transport appraisal costs can be significant for local stakeholders and communities as they consider their transport needs – the Fund responds to this providing an opportunity to apply for assistance with appraisal costs.
Investing in this appraisal work will allow local priorities to be considered when planning future investment in the railways.

Lead: Tactran

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: It is proposed that a bid be developed to consider rail park & ride opportunities along the Perth-Montrose rail corridor that would complement the broader Tay Cities Park & Ride strategy.  

How impact will be assessed: The impact will be assessed using Transport Scotland's STAG appraisal tool with the addition of defined local outcomes.

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: Enhanced P&R facilities will improve access & connectivity to all who use the rail service. This feasibility study informs both the work of the Tay Cities Regional Transport Working Group as well as any submissions to Transport Scotland’s second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).


Lorry Route

To increase HGV route compliance within the region, thereby improving road safety and environment;
To provide Road Haulage companies and HGV drivers with the tools to ensure compliance; and
To provide residents with a resource to report non-compliance, providing Tactran and Constituent Councils with the ability to identify areas of concern.

Lead: Tactran

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: Initially £6k to launch the service via the Tactran web site. Additional services, e.g. digitisation of TRO's will accrue additional costs.

How impact will be assessed: On feedback from the haulage industry and those community organisations and individuals who utilise the Lorry Route portal.

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: The facility is designed to improve safety on Angus roads; to avoid HGV's using inappropriate routes and to allow improved compliance by LA's with input from the public.


Inverbrothock P6 Project

All pupils to be given devices and fully digital curriculum to be developed. Intended to develop skills and employability prospects

Lead: Schools and learning

How impact will be assessed: Progression to STEM subjects. Improved employment prospects in tech industries

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people


Sports Leadership coaching - Disability inclusion training 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget


Sports Leadership Academy

172 secondary pupils from Angus attended the annual Sports Leadership Academy, undertaking various workshops courses and national qualifications. Young people will be mentored into volunteering positions in the school and extended community, with some accessing paid work positions.

Lead: Schools and learning (ANGUSalive as a partner)

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within the existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Number of young people in voluntary roles and the number of sport and physical activity hours delivered.

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people


School to Community Club Links

Through active schools development work 113 clubs and community organisations have working links with the 59 Angus schools, promoting pathways for physical activity and sport into the local community encouraging lifelong participation.

Lead: Schools and learning (ANGUSalive as a partner)

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Number of volunteer deliverers from community clubs delivering in extracurricular programmes. The number of young people taking up memberships with local sports clubs.

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: young people and community clubs


DYW/CLPL

Opportunities for subject specialists in business/admin to "shadow" specialist staff across Angus Council.

Opportunity for Angus Council staff to contribute to the development of curriculum

Lead: Schools and learning

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: DYW - Regional KPIs. A more relevant and coherent curriculum

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Caravan Safety Programme

Working in partnership with Angus Council and the owners of Caravan Parks, we will extend our home fire safety visit service into caravan parks where people live permanently. Evidence indicates there may be residents vulnerable to fire because of factors such as age, health, language barriers and social isolation.

Lead: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: the number of referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits from occupiers of residential caravans. Reduction in the number of fires and fire casualties in residential caravans. Longer-term reduction in the rate of fires in the home.

Timescale: a 3-year programme from 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: vulnerable people who live permanently in caravan parks across Angus. This will include Brechin, Montrose and Arbroath


Health Centre Information Sessions

Working in partnership with HSC, explore opportunities for delivering fire safety awareness information sessions, and promoting our home safety visit service, in local health centres. 

Lead: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Number of referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits. Reduction in the number of fires and fire casualties. Longer-term reductions in the rate of fires in the home.

Timescale: a 3-year programme from 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: targeting vulnerable people (e.g. low-income families, the elderly and those with health issues) living in the worst SIMD areas of Angus (i.e. Arbroath, Brechin East, Montrose etc)


Foodbank information sessions

Working in partnership with Third Sector, explore opportunities for delivering fire safety awareness information sessions, and promoting our home safety visit service, at local foodbanks and drop-in centres for the public

Lead: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Number of referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits. Reduction in the number of fires and fire casualties. Longer-term reductions in the rate of fires in the home.

Timescale: a 3-year programme from 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: targeting vulnerable people (e.g. low-income families, the elderly and those with health issues) living in the worst SIMD areas of Angus (i.e. Arbroath, Brechin East, Montrose etc)


Digital Accessibility

Web team. To ensure that no-one is excluded from using our digital platforms through disability. Will ultimately improve the experience for all users.

Lead: Digital enablement 

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: The Shaw Trust has undertaken an accessibility audit of angus.gov. The web team are working on their findings and hope to have full Shaw Trust accreditation by the end of October.

Timescale: October 2019

Group the action is intended to support: This work will ensure that our digital processes offer the best possible experience for all users, regardless of disability or ability.


Buddy scheme

Include all services, expand to other services

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: resources to be identified

How impact will be assessed: people accessing services

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: all ages


BSL Access

Enabling customers to have access through online translating services

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: Resources to be identified - Estimated £200 - £300

How impact will be assessed: take-up

Timescale: 2019

Group the action is intended to support: all BSL users


Training of frontline staff

Dementia Friends  - Autism, disability inclusion training (Quiet times, quiet shows, Signed shows)

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: within existing budget

How impact will be assessed: attendees and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: all frontline staff


New Library buses - Access to rural areas

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: LEADER/Core funding 

How impact will be assessed: attendees and feedback

Timescale: 2019

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Home Delivery Service

Potential to partner to improve access to services 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: attendees and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


E-Resource within libraries

24/7 service: More flexible for a variety of users i.e. large print 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: uptake of service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


ESOL Materials available

Potential for extending beyond existing resources

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: potential for new funding

How impact will be assessed: take-up of new service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Literacies Programme

Opportunity with Access services users who may want to improve their literacy skills

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: resource to be identified

How impact will be assessed: take-up of service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Visit Scotland VIP visitor information partner

Co-locating information into other premises: toolkit available. Consistency of message. Ambassador for your town.

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: Visit Scotland implementation

How impact will be assessed: participants and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Adapted bikes

Sessions held weekly at West Links. Being expanded and opportunity to expand across the area and make it mobile

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: participants and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


West Links development   

Moby track - access to the beach for those with disability 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: participants and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Country park

The new adventure park at Crombie to be made accessible. Creating a space that has something for everyone ( wheelchair swings, buggies etc)

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: accessibility and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Pool pods

Accessibility to swimming pools (issues around tech) co-production with the client group

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: accessibility and feedback

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Person-Centred Support

One to one coaching support - could be expanded into other areas 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: number of people supported

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


16+ Initiative and Skills for Work

Opportunity for modern apprenticeships: Shared creative apprenticeship 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: number of placements

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Peoples network

Access to computers and printing etc. Exploration of user requirements 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: uptake of service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Accessible sports

Community sports provision: Coordination and access to venues - sustainability of groups: Community engagement and training? Encouraging people with disabilities to participate in sporting activity

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: uptake of service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


VACMA -

Creative Scotland fund that is distributed through local areas: Angus doesn’t participate yet but there are opportunities for visual artists and craft makers  - Business development 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: Creative Scotland resource

How impact will be assessed: funding distributed

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Ongoing donation campaigns - based on Horsecross model 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: donations based

How impact will be assessed: funding levered in

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities


Exhibitions

Refresh exhibition space and make accessible to all - Museum Galleries Scotland audit 

Lead: ANGUSalive

​​​​​​​Resources allocated: funding required

How impact will be assessed: visitor numbers

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: communities