In March this year, the One Ilfracombe Town Team was launched with the aim of creating a safer, cleaner and greener town that local people can be proud of. The Town Team is made up of approximately 40 membens of public services who are already at work in the town but have joined forces to improve the service they offer. The team includes PCs, PCSOs, Fire Officers, Ilfracombe Town Council staff, South West Ambulance Service, North Devon Council Street Cleaning Team, the Harbour Master and staff at the Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre.
When they are at work in Ilfracombe, they keep in contact by radio and are clearly visible wearing armbands, t-shirts or baseball caps to identify them. They share their resources – and have already made savings by doing so – to tackle any issue in the town that undermines the environment – from dog-fouling and fly tipping to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Roger Bartlett heads up the team. He says, “In times of financial challenge, we all need to pull together to support each other and make the best of the resources we have.” The Town Team not only aims to provide a more efficient service, but a better one. Following a three-month review, the feedback from team-members is that they are noticing an improvement in their service areas from this approach.