Over £4.5 million will be made available for local communities, should plans be approved by the Council’s Executive next week on the 29th August.
The proposals will enable Ward Committees to increase investment to local communities and empower residents and community groups to have greater control over the decisions affecting their areas.
As part of the proposals, a new £250,000 Safer Communities Fund will also be created, in a renewed effort to support local residents feel safer in their neighbourhoods.
A total of £4,761,434 will be 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:
“As Liberal Democrats, it is our priority to increase investment to our communities and empower residents to make decisions about the local areas in which they live.”
“These proposals will not only enable local residents to influence decisions about their communities, but they will also provide a significant cash injection, enabling Ward Committees to deliver real improvements for residents.”
“I am particularly pleased that we have already acted on one of our main manifesto pledges and proposed the creation of a £250,000 Safer Communities Fund, alongside providing an additional £1million for local road, cycling and walking improvements, so that Ward Committees can begin to bring forward proposals on improving local areas.”