How can we make Surrey an even better place to live?Surrey County Council
Relaunch and revamp neighbourhood watch to be more about caring for the community and less about crime prevention/monitoring.
To help with traffic conjestion and improve the health of many local residents.
My idea to make Surrey a better place would be to adopt a garden. I have a very long garden of my own, and i feel that there is a lot of space wasted at the bottom. I would be keen for this to be used for growing vegetables/flowers etc. I would be more than happy to share my garden with the local school, or to an elderly person who no longer has a garden.
Publishing FOIs on Surrey councils/a website This would help people get access to the data, see what questions have already been asked, easier to make comparisons, part of transparency agenda etc.
Earn nectar points for doing things on line or for community
Getting universities to help tackle our big challenges
All SCC staff move to a four day working week
Developing an Oyster type travel card for the use of public transport in the county.
Rasberry Pi computers for all young people at school in Surrey.
Generate economic/environmental/health benefits from the energy expended in gyms
An innovative and smarter way of identifying and supporting Surrey's most vulnerable residents.
Create a "One County" crowdfunding platform.
Nearly everyone likes to be listened to -improve life by listening.
App pings Council (photo +gps) potholes/fly tip/graffiti/traffic signal problems
Rebuild the social contract with residents, by ending library fines.
I love Library Plus but footfall is lower than Cafes, put Cafe in voila access
To offer rewards to help increase volunteering for under-represented groups
Having someone with the sole mission to simplify could improve our organisation.
Walking meetings are good for businesses/organisations and their staff
A place to tell people what you have to offer e.g. 'befriending tuesday nights
Set up a shared work space with short term rents for new business start-ups
Surrey County Council sets up or backs current credit unions like Surrey Saver
Encouraging better communication between colleagues
When new houses are built in Surrey it should be a planning condition that they are built with solar panels on the rooves. This would save energy for the lifetime of the house, be far cheaper for the householder and by making it part of the building process ensure economies of scale for the builder and reduce the need to alter the utilities of the house later.
Many people in Surrey do not use public transport to get around as it is too expensive, infrequent and lacks the comprehensive couverage that it needs to succeed in moving peopl out of cars and onto buses or trains. In London public transport fares were cut, in the early 1980's, by 50% leading to an increase in revenue by 50% becuase for every two peopl using the buses you got at least one more using the bus/train
A Surrey travel card would work on the same principle as an Oyster card. It will offer a quicker stress free way to pay for parking across the county.
Certificate for volunteers that employers will recognise to get that first job.
Create a discount card for parking, retail, restaurants, leisure and libraries.
A sustainable food plan to encourage local food production and reduce food waste
Too many sources report winter travel and school closures? Which is accurate?
Improve interaction/info sharing between the council & members of the public.
A way to share files with colleagues who don't access the same shared drives.
Enable parish councils to be local place leaders to build community paticipation
Stimulate connections and good ideas by being able to see who works here better.
A new Surrey satellite TV station could be a valuable way of reaching our many residents to keep them informed of services and help them help themselves.
A series of plain English videos to explain the more complex public services.
Venture Capital Fund to invest in start-up companies in Surrey
The council provides some really important and valued services, such as helping children with special educational needs to get to school. This is currently contracted to taxi hire firms. They don't have a pool of trained people to do this. So it is expensive to 'buy' this service. We also have multiple providers. People trust Surrey County Council. So why not train a cohort of trusted people to do this? It would bring costs down, create secure employment, a visible presence for the council and reassurance for parents. Other services may benefit from this approach. We may also decide to have our own liveried electric vehicles that ambassadors would use.
The Public don't care who delivers services - they want good, reliable services - at affordable prices, and they only want to pay once. The tensions between the varying layers of local government at both officer and member levels reduce the capability to deliver joined up services.
Organic waste can be converted into Biochar generating carbon credits.
A local currency that encourages people to use local shops and traders.
Using a class register to create a social network that supports the school
Ensure residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Stimulate cross fertilisation across the organisation, with compulsory job swaps
How can we create more brave leaders, at all levels of the organisation?
How might we think about Surrey more as a place, than as Surrey County Council?
How can we utilise new technologies to connect the organisation?
Connect parents around a school to improve performance and community
Get serious about staff cycling to work. Introduce real incentives.
Opening up data for decision making, communications and services
Extend number of Council accredited social media accounts to staff
Shift the ratio of meetings rooms to 80 % to assist staff to be agile and wfh
Use cars-not buses to give transport links to communities or taxishare scheme
There appears to be no company wide ,coherent system in place for the tracking of SCC mobile phones or monitoring of their use.
We have spent the last few months getting Shift up and running, building an innovation space for Surrey and looking for big challenges to sink our teeth into. We've spent time thinking about Special Educational Needs Transport, Looked After Children, Supporting Families and Cultural Services as well as a whole lot more.
But that's just the start. We've been inundated with great ideas as to how we can all make Surrey an even better place to live.
And now we'd like to give you a chance to share your ideas too!
If you have an idea for Surrey (no idea is a bad idea!) please register on Simpl and post your idea here.
The best ideas will be invited to an ideas day in Shift where you can pitch your idea to a panel of judges from across the county and be in with a chance to get offers of support to help you to turn them into reality.