Councillors from across the country visited Bracknell Forest Council last week to hear how it’s transforming its services through innovation and how it’s successfully regenerating the area for the benefit of its residents, visitors and businesses.
Bracknell Forest Council was showcased as a national exemplar of excellence following on from its wins at the 2018 iESE Transformation Awards – taking the Council of the Year title as well as the top spot for community regeneration.
Councillors from as far away as East Ayrshire learned all about how the borough is transforming its services to create improvements for residents as well as become more efficient. The council highlighted a number of improvements, including:
The leisure partnership with Everyone Active, which has included a £2.8 million refurbishment of Bracknell Leisure Centre to update and modernised it in a way that simply would not have been possible without the transformation programme.
Improving and extending the available hours of our library service with the introduction of Open+ technology. This technology allows users to access the library outside of normal working hours, safely and securely and complements the self-service technology introduced in 2018.
Relocating all the council’s town centre staff in to Time Square to save £400,000 worth of running costs from Easthampstead House
The delegation also visited The Lexicon to see first-hand how the partnership between the council and Bracknell Regeneration Partnership had successfully created the town’s much-wanted social and cultural heart.
Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of the Council, said:
“We’re very proud of our achievements in Bracknell Forest and so it was a privilege and honour to share our success and learning with council representatives from across the country last week.
“We were delighted to show them our new town centre as well as share with them a number of initiatives that have transformed the way we provide services – taking a more modern and resident focussed approach, which still allow for us to reduce costs.
“We hope that this visit will help our local government colleagues explore similar opportunities within their own districts, towns and cities.”
The delegation was arranged and sponsored by the iESE Innovation Club. The club aims to share knowledge, showcase good practice and the latest thinking to make a difference to the public sector.