Over £4.5 million has been made available for York’s local communities, following a decision made tonight by the Council’s Executive (29th August 2019).
The new investment will enable Ward Committees to increase the scale of improvements within local communities and empower residents and community groups to have greater control over the decisions affecting their areas.
As part of the new investment package, a new £250,000 Safer Communities Fund has also been created, in a renewed effort to support local residents feel safer in their neighbourhoods.
A total of £4,761,434 has now been made available for Ward Committees and Residents Associations over the next four years to help fund local highways improvements, improve the local environment and create safer communities, work with council tenants and to fund local organisations for community projects.
Cllr Darryl Smalley, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, commented:
“I am delighted that these proposals have received Executive approval and we can now move forward in delivering real improvements for our local communities.”
“This investment package will not only increase the budgets Ward Committees have available to support their local communities, but it will also enable residents to influence the decisions that affect their local areas.”
“Tonight’s approval also means that the Council will now create a new £250,000 Safer Communities Fund, alongside providing an additional £1million for local road, cycling and walking improvements; a manifesto commitment we have already delivered on.”