The Jericho Road is a two-way street.
Part of our work is influencing at national level, developing policy, organisations and programmes and raising the profile of projects happening at a local level to make neighbourhood work easier.
Read more about our influencing work below…
The Protecting Community Assets Inquiry is a short, defined piece of work seeking to identify practical ways to protect existing community assets in England for the long-term benefit of local communities.
It has brought together a wide range of contributors, including Jericho Road, all of whom have direct experience of managing, supporting or funding community assets and who have been willing not just to understand the challenges and opportunities but help shape some practical next steps.
Jericho Road has contributed to the development of a new comprehensive register of community-owned assets in England, funded by Power to Change.
Registration is very quick and simple and will allow those managing assets to connect with others and receive relevant support with funding. It is vital to improving local networks and for the sector to promote itself and influence policy makers. The register will be publicly available, minimising repetitive requests about the assets that you manage.
The Organisation Workshop is a radical large-scale ‘capacitation’ approach: recruit a large group of ‘excluded’ people, give them the means of production (land, equipment, materials) and challenge them to self-organise. They will transform the land and themselves, both individually and collectively, creating new enterprises.
Jericho Road imported the concept of the Organisation Workshop (OW) to Hastings, after a long friendship with Marsh Farm Outreach in Luton, who ran the first ever OW in the UK. Heart of Hastings CLT took this approach forward initially in Ore Valley and eventually undertook a 4-week OW in the Observer Building in May 2019.
When local people take the initiative and turn their neighbourhood into an enterprise, they become entrepreneurs and contributors rather than ‘beneficiaries’ or victims of top-down regeneration. Jess has been thinking about this for a while and completed her PhD in 2022 with Prof Loretta Lees at Leicester University: Self-renovating neighbourhoods as an alternative to the false choice of gentrification or decline. Jess works with the Hastings Commons Community Land Trust and with the Turner Prize-winning Granby Four Streets CLT.
Learn more about self-renovating neighbourhoods by watching Jess’s six minute talk
While Jess was on secondment to the Department for Communities & Local Government, a memo came round asking for policy ideas to tackle town centre/high street issues. She quickly put together a proposal about meanwhile use of empty property by communities. A few weeks later it appeared in the Town Centre Strategy launched by Hazel Blears (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government) and Andy Burnham (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport).
On return to the Development Trusts Association, Jess oversaw the Meanwhile Project, including developing the Meanwhile Lease, directly supporting about 20 projects, and creating a resource base.
The delivery partner for the project was Meanwhile Space CIC, which became an independent social enterprise and is still very active (Jess is a non-exec director).
The CADO project hit a nerve! The acronym stands for Community Assets in Difficult Ownership AND Campaign Against Delinquent Ownership. We worked with 10 demonstrator projects – buildings that are precious to local communities but are stuck due to their ownership. We provided expert support, small grants and lots of mutual learning. We developed a set of policy recommendations that would support communities and councils rescue buildings from the limbo of difficult ownership.
Read more on the project here
Jess spent 9 years saving Hastings Pier, and has ended up knowing much more than she ever expected to about piers! She claims she is still no expert in any particular aspect but has an understanding ranging from the technical to the historical to the emotional. She has also worked with Bognor, Birnbeck, Colwyn Bay and South Parade piers.
Jericho Road Solutions has always been interested in collaborating across sectors and what helps or hinders direct partnerships between community groups and private sector interests. Jericho Road coordinated a year-long Partnership Brokers pilot as part of the BRICK programme (run by Prince’s Regeneration Trust with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst scheme).
The Brokers Pilot worked with four projects to understand and support the successful development of private-community partnerships. These were Bognor Pier, Temple Works Leeds, Bradford Odeon, and Craneworks Bath.