Sometimes we can learn from Lambeth.
This is what the Oval Ward Councillors have just posted in their enewsletter about the Council’s initiative on spending Community Infrastructure Levy on a district basis.
Let’s have something like this for the different parts of Croydon.
‘Tell us what projects would improve the lives of you, your neighbours and your family
Friday, 6th January was the launch of a seven-week exercise where we want to hear from you with your ideas about how we should be spending money in the area.
This money (called Community Infrastructure Levy) comes from a tax paid on new developments and buildings in the area. Prince’s and Oval Councillors are determined that local residents benefit from the income this generates. That is why we have set up a North Lambeth CLIP (Community Local Investment Panel) to enable residents to tell us what outcomes they would like to see from this funding.
We will be prioritising projects which tackle inequality, whether that be financial, educational or health. We will also be looking for projects which promise to create a longer-lasting and sustainable impact, and which do not require Council funding for their upkeep, because this is money which the Council simply does not have. By law, we are also unable to use this project money to cover Council cuts or provide Council services.
We have chosen four broad areas to focus on based on the data and what you’ve previously told us are the things needed here:
1) opportunities for young people
2) promoting jobs, skills and training
3) building and strengthen communities and bringing different people together
4) improvements to outdoor spaces and making places more accessible to everyone
No project is too big or too small for us to consider, so please don’t be shy. It could be something physical such as a community food garden on your estate or a street gym. It could be used to fund projects or programmes which help bring people together to tackle inequality and extend opportunity like a youth employment coordinator or a new parents network.
It doesn’t have to be fully costed or worked up. We want to know what you think people in our area might benefit from – we’ve put up a few blogs about meetings with local residents we’ve already had which have started generating some ideas.
So what are you waiting for? Let us and the Council know your thoughts by:
- Completing the short survey at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/consultation-on-community-priorities-for-the-north-lambeth-area-princes-and-oval-wards
- Talking to your friends and neighbours and encouraging them to complete the survey
- Post the link to your Facebook or emailing your neighbours
- Encouraging young adults and teens to complete the survey
- Encouraging young people you know to join the Young Lambeth CoOp, who are working with us to ensure young voices are heard: http://www.younglambethcoop.co.uk/
If you have difficulty accessing information or completing the survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 926 8295. Councillors will also be out over the next seven weeks braving the cold delivering leaflets and speaking to as many households as possible, so look out for us! We can’t get everywhere, unfortunately, but if you would like to speak to us, let us know and we will prioritise your block or street.
We will also be attending tenants and residents meetings, youth club workshops, school assemblies so if you are part of a group or organisation who would like to have one of us come to speak to you about it then please let us know.’