Ask Warwickshire

Welcome to  Ask Warwickshire, the consultation and engagement hub for Warwickshire County Council

This site will help you find and take part in consultations and engagement activities that interest you.

Click on the links below to find out more about consultations and engagement activities that are currently open or have recently closed.

You can also search current and past activities by keyword, postcode and interest.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was the following:

  • To hear views and ideas from Warwickshire residents, customers, partners and key stakeholders about the current Fitter Futures Warwickshire services and what the services should look like in the future.

The Fitter Futures Warwickshire services commenced on 01 July 2015 and comprise of  a Single Point of Access (one website and one telephone number), a Weight Management on Referral service (Slimming World), Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service and Family Healthy Lifestyle service (Change Makers).

This consultation was held during a 5.5 week period (29th May and 6th July 2018).

You Said

The following items were submitted during the consultation:-

  • 172 responses in total
  • 92% survey forms were submitted online;
  • 8% survey forms were postal

The key themes expressed by Health Professionals and the general population were as follows:

  • The majority (80%) of respondents said they would like a single point of access for the FFW services.
  • The most popular FFW service was the Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles service (69%), followed by walking groups/opportunities (55%) and thirdly, exercise opportunities in the community (53%).
  • 38% of respondents stated they would like specialist strength and balance exercise opportunities for age 55 and over - this may be to do with the age profile of the respondents.
  • The top three options for services being delivered were in a group environment (61%), one to one basis with an exercise instructor (60%) and support via a smartphone app (25%).
  • The majority of respondents (90%) would like to be referred to the services via a GP or other health professionals (73%). Nearly half of the respondents said they would like a mental health professional to refer them into FFW.
  • Both the general public and health professionals stated a FFW service in a leisure centre, community centre and walking for health as the top 3 venues.
  • 30% of respondents would be willing to pay £11-£20 for a service. 21% of the public stated they would not pay anything for a service.
  • 35.47% respondents said they would like a social element incorporated into their FFW service whilst 24.42% answered “no they wouldn’t want this”. Most would like this in the form of formal meetups.
  • 28.5% of respondents would want information on other healthy lifestyle services whilst attending a FFW service. Whilst 30.2% said they would not want additional information beyond the service.
  • Both the general public and health professionals would like additional pathways and services to be incorporated within the community in the future model. Clear and simple referral pathways were highlighted as a key factor alongside 1-2-1 and group programme options.

We Did

The outcomes of the consultation were included in reports to Warwickshire County Council Cabinet, whereby the proposed Fitter Futures models were endorsed:

  • To continue to have a Single Point of Access with one telephone number, one website and one point of entry for referrers.
  • To continue to commission the delivery of FFW services, integrate strength and balance preventing a first fall programmes, develop an evidence based seated exercise offer in communities, including care homes, enhance walking and community exercise opportunities.
  • To deliver the services in group sessions and enhance the offer of one to one delivery options, virtual support, mobile phone text support and digital self- help tools and Smartphone Apps.
  • Develop services so that there is an increase in referrals from mental health professionals, social care workers, teachers and early years staff, occupational health and workplace managers as well as from health professionals and minimise the current barriers that prevent this.
  • Increase service delivery opportunities using other leisure opportunities, community venues, hotel fitness facilities, outdoor green gyms, fire station gyms, workplaces, in the home and in care and residential settings.
  • Work with service providers and leisure centres to set realistic pricing structures and subsidise services rather than offer them free of charge or set too high.

Reports considered by Cabinet including the full consultation report are available on the main consultation web page.

We Asked

The purpose of the consultation was the following:

  • To update the local community on the current Scheme following the completion of the detailed design stage; and
  • To collect comments and other feedback from respondents for inclusion in reports to WCC Members.

This consultation was held during a 5 week period (Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Monday 18 June 2018) seeking to engage with local residents in and around West Nuneaton, who were given an opportunity to participate in the consultation through the measures:

  • Distribution of a consultation pamphlet;
  • Online ‘Ask Warwickshire’ web pages; and
  • Online Bermuda Connection Scheme web page.

You Said

The following items were submitted during the consultation:-

  • 333 survey forms all submitted online;
  • 29 e-mails regarding the Scheme;
  • 2 written letters of objection; and
  • 15 Information Requests regarding the Scheme.

The key themes expressed by respondents concerned the following:

  • Detrimental impacts on local residents;
  • Detrimental impacts on the local area;
  • Concerns about the design of the Scheme;
  • Concerns relating to the overall Scheme; and
  • Concerns about the consultation process.

The key outcomes of the consultation are as follows:

  • 65% of the respondents either completely agreed or partly agreed that traffic congestion in West Nuneaton cause problems in their day to day activities; however
  • 64% of the respondents do not support the proposed new highway link via Bermuda Bridge.

The outcome of the consultation reinforces the strong level of opposition towards the Scheme from local residents, who primarily live in the area where the Scheme is situated.  This is a similar outcome to the original consultation carried out during the preliminary design stage in 2015.

A copy of the full consultation report is available using the link from results section of the Ask Warwickshire consultation page.

We Did

Minor modifications were made to the Bermuda Connection Scheme arising from the consultation responses.

The outcomes of the consultation were included in reports to WCC Cabinet and the County Council to be considered at their meetings in late July 2018. These reports are available using the links on the main Ask Warwickshire consultation page.

Both WCC Cabinet and the County Council endorsed the progression of the Scheme, including the addition of £4.198million to the Capital Programme from the Capital Investment Fund to deliver Bermuda Connectivity at a cost of £8.900million.

The scheme webpage will be kept updated with developments. There is also a link on this page to subscribe to updates direct by email.  Go to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/bermudaconnection

We Asked

We asked for your comments on the proposal to provide additional places for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at Exhall Grange School and Science College

You Said

Total written responses received: 11

Further details are in the results section of this consultation and in the report submitted to Cabinet 24th July 2018 Link to report

We Did

The School Organisation Team looked at all of the comments and produced a summary of responses.  All redacted comments were sent to Cabinet (the decision maker) for their consideration.

This proposal was approved on 24th July 2018 by Cabinet.