Detailed description of the Good Practice
Oxelbergen was one district chosen for carrying out Agenda 21. In Oxelbergen, the work has been carried out mainly by the Agenda 21 Office, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau of the East District of Norrköping and the residents in Oxelbergen.
The first contacts between the Agenda 21 Office (LA 21 O) and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau of the East District (CABED) took place in November 1999. A small working group consisting of some politicians and one local government officer from the East District Council and employees from the LA 21 O and the CABED was formed.
A preparatory plan for the Oxelbergen district was drawn up. The following steps were described
• all activities within the Oxelbergen area will be surveyed, such as organisations, businesses and local government activities
• the LA 21 O will visit all schools and nursery-schools in Oxelbergen
• all inhabitants in Oxelbergen will be invited to a meeting that will mark the start of the project
• at this meeting people will be asked to specify the most important social and/ecological fields of improvement in Oxelbergen
• working groups dealing with these areas will be set up
• for each working group, a person in charge of summoning the rest of the participants in the group will be appointed
As the traffic problems in the district were already known, one person working for the Streets and Parks Office (SPO) would be asked to join the working group.
The aim of the working group was to have a preliminary project plan ready when the project was presented to the East District Council in January 2000.
Vision Zero is a road traffic safety project based on the ethical principle that it can never be acceptable that people are killed or seriously injured when travelling within the road transport system. In October 1997, the Swedish Parliament passed a road traffic safety bill based on Vision Zero.
Vision Zero involves a new way of looking at road safety and at the design and function of the road transport system. In this project, the emphasis is laid on how the whole traffic system can operate safely, how the risk of chronic health impairment caused by road accidents can be eradicated. The long term objective is to achieve a road transport system which allows for human error but without it leading to serious injury.
Objectives of the Good Practice
The meeting marking the official start of the project took place in February 2000. Everybody living in Oxelbergen was invited. More than 100 persons attended the meeting and they were asked to suggest fields where improvement was required to make Oxelbergen a better district to live and work in. Approx. 40 of them were interested in participating in working groups dealing with matters such as how to :
• improve the playgrounds in the district
• improve the Oxelbergen Park
• reduce the amount of traffic passing through and the speed of the traffic
• reduce the amount of waste produced and energy consumed
• improve the local grocery stores as to the quality of their products
• increase the number of local activities for children and youngsters
Goals for the work
We have identified two comprehensive goals :
1. to get as many Oxelberg inhabitants involved in a transformation process towards a more sustainable development of society.
2. to increase local democracy and association involvement in the area.
Concrete objectives for working groups
Each working group identifies its own intermediate objective.