Lewisham increases localities fund to £25,000 per ward

We'll write about this in more detail when we have the time, but we just received this news from Lewisham Council:

Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, will be awarding £50k over the next two years to every ward in the borough to help deliver substantial improvements to local neighbourhoods.

Sir Steve Bullock, said: "More than anything, I want to create a fair and flexible fund with the potential to benefit all communities in all areas. I encourage everyone in Lewisham to make a difference by getting involved in their local assembly and help decide how this money can be spent."

The Mayor’s Fund, is in addition to the £10k each ward currently receives through the Localities Fund. It will be available to local assemblies over two years with £25k being made available in 2008/9 and a further £25k being made available in 2009/10. Should assemblies choose, these funds may be pooled to create a larger pot of money for delivery of a single or multiple projects.

Suggestions on how to spend the money can come from residents, local community groups or community organisations. However, all suggestions need to be presented through the relevant local assembly and must help deliver priorities they have helped to identify.Information about local assemblies and how to get involved can be found on the Council’s website:

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/LocalAssemblies

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

We can put that towards the Brockley Environmental Fund.

jpm said...

I think this is small beer, Brockley could do with so much more - and we should demand it.

13:24 said...

Agree with JPM. I imagine that much of the 25k will get swallowed up by the decision-making machinery.

Sue Luxton said...

I think it's actually £25k in addition to the existing £10k, so £35k in total. I think the Mayor is testing the water here, with a view to more devolution of budget/participatory budgeting at a later date.

Anonymous said...

jpm....glass half empty again? I don't think I've ever seen you post anything positive on here. It's 25 grand we didn't have before, go on crack a smile it won't kill you.

jpm said...

Sorry, are you the positive anonymouse, or the smug anonymouse, or the sarcastic...?(I think I'll stop there because, unfortunately, we shall never know.)

You may be mistaken as to the content of my glass, but at least you will never be in doubt that it's mine. (At least have the balls to post under a name, an alias, anything where your opinions can be attributed to you, and only you.)

I must say for the amount of flack that a certain 'cat' comes in for on this site at least one can respect his guts, if not his opinions. On the other hand...?

These 'awards' are piffling in the great scheme of things. The pot is much bigger, and I urge the adults amongst you to put your names (or aliases if you need them) to getting at it.

Jt said...

Great 25k that can go towards the 1 million pound downpayment of the Rivoli Ballroom.

Anonymous said...

JPM

calm down, perhaps you can suggest a name ?

The Cat Man said...

Jpm, I would like to take you down the pub fora drink and debate the night away...!

patrick1971 said...

This was one area (of many!) where the Crofton Park local assembly last Monday went a bit awry. The councillors running the meeting were obsessed with the difference between the Localities Fund and the Mayor's Fund, and went on and on about which was which and when someone said no money had been spent, said yes but it had come from another pot, etc. etc. Everyone was thoroughly confused about what money was available from where, how much, and what it could be spent on. Hopefully this will bring a bit more clarity, especially as the mayor (how generously!) is allowing local assemblies to merge the money.

lb said...

Another bit of Keynesian economics in practice, I see.

lb said...

Incidentally, I always forget that our mayor is now (since 2007) "Sir Steve". Gives a nicely fourteenth-century feel to proceedings, as if he could go out and decapitate Wat Tyler at any moment.

max said...

I too fund the "Mayor's fund" name pretty uncomfortable.
That's everybody's tax money, that also pays his wages, if you think of it, his wages should be "the People fund".

max said...

Just a reminder, for those that think that assemblies should be able to decide on larger expenditures, it's actually possible.
The Constitution gives the power to each assembly to place one item per year in the Mayor's Agenda and that can be done very imaginatively.

Monkeyboy said...
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Monkeyboy said...

...actually I've deleted that. My new resolution is not to react or wind up our favourite misanthrope no matter how appalling or mischievous his comments are. It just makes him assume that his comments are too painfully true for us to bear, whereas they are just plain nasty.

Headhunter said...

Not so many comments here now that the anonymii have been banned!

The Cat Man said...

oh, so they have.

I'm sure its only temporary.

I got completely soaked last night travelling home on my cycle :o(

Headhunter said...

Yes, I got soaked too but that's all part of the fun

lb said...

...banning unregistered posters hasn't just reduced the number of comments, it's practically killed them off entirely looking at the past couple of days.

Headhunter said...

It's only been since about 3 or 4pm yesterday so we'll see what happens in the long term

lb said...

Perhaps you're right. Also no-one's mentioned signs for at least 24 hours; that seems to get them out of the woodwork.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I've just registerred with Google to post a comment. Is this now official policy or just a software glitch?

I must admit the number of annonymouses (annonymii?) was getting a bit overwhelming.

Over to you Nick.... or Jon......or Kate

Cllr Dean Walton said...

Sue's right - the £25,000 is in addition to the £10,000 original localities fund.

We've had a few ideas about how to spend the original localities fund but will always welcome more. Please contact me for further details - cllr_dean.walton@lewisham.gov.uk.

Thanks

Dean

Headhunter said...

So what are we going to spend the 25 bags on then? I vote more trees and that it be put towards regeneration of Brockley Rd around the station, or even the area by the station on the dark side, although as I live in the cons area I would of course prefer that side to be improved!

lb said...

I'm thinking it would have to be something like trees or plants. I would say "street furniture and generally cleaning things up", but the 25k wouldn't stretch that far, and a lot of the grime around Brockley Road is on private properties that the local authority can't do that much about.

I suppose there's always room for a few quid to be spent on Hilly Fields, but that wouldn't benefit residents in the south and west of the area so much.

How about a free organic loaf for every resident of Brockley? Organic bread and (jam) circuses, that's the way forward.

patrick1971 said...

I love the idea of a free organic loaf for every resident of the SE4 area. Wonderfully banana republic stuff.

Headhunter said...

Does Hilly Fields really need any regeneration? What needs doing? The grass is mown, the trees look healthy apart from the ones which have been snapped off by vandals...

nobbly brick said...

regeneration, in Lewisham terms, generally means erecting a block of flats on previously grassy areas, so better let that one lie HH

Tressillian James said...

Suppose the fund wouldn't stretch to making the station area pedestrianised, cobbled with a few in-keeping Victorian lampposts? I. like Headhunter, would then go for trees to really green up the borough - or said victorian lamposts.

And before you ask - no I don't think they are twee, kitch or crass.

Headhunter said...

Yeah, perhaps that's a good idea - develop the area around Coulgate St, but £25k probably wouldn't make much of a dent in the funds needed for something like that...

nobbly brick said...

25k probably would stretch to taking down previously mentioned railings opposite the Barge but perhaps a map needs to be provided to show the extent of the area in which the money needs to be allocated.

There may be something far more worthy other than the gentrification of Coulgate Street.

The Cat Man said...

I think improving the coulgate street area is most certainly the best use to help re-generate Brockley.

A friend of mine also commented on the railings at the entrances to Hillyfields that they 'do not represent' a conservation area (i.e yuckly low cost railings). How about replacing these with something much nicer and fitting for the area? Also, decent victorian lamposts or old fashion street signs for the conservation area (not those nasty blue ones) - if not on Coulgate st, why not around Hillyfields?

In any case, all these decisions have to go through the local assembley. No doubt in order to serve 'everyone' in the area, even those who don't give a sh&te about improving it the budget will no doubt go down to something like 10k.

I expect about 20 petitions for more digi-cams and increased expenditure on other worthless causes.

PS: I glad you like the cobbled theme for Coulgate st, JPM and I are also in agreement when we posted on here a while back.

fabhat said...

I think the Telegraph Hill conservation society weere involved in getting new railings for Telegraph Hill Park - they probably have an idea of costs for that sort of thing, which might be useful...

jon s said...

Sod prettying up things for now, let's create more free things for people to do, particularly with the credit crunch.

I would like to see it used to put a couple of shipping containers on Hilly Fields and and fill them with sports kit which can be used to provide free team based outdoor activities (like ultimate Frisbee, touch rugby, hockey, etc) for kids and adults locally.

Monkeyboy said...

In a similar vein to Jon S, what about some kind of New Years party or Winter faire (or should that be fayre, actually who cares), may need to find a big indoor space I s'pose or BIG marquee. Would that lead to all kinds of controversy about what should be in and what should be out (again who cares)? Could be early in the new year as opposed to the 31st Dec? Would be a bit different to the normal Summer events.

Tressilliana said...

Decent railings are astoundingly expensive. Before WW2 Hilly Fields was surrounded by railings but they went for salvage, I assume.

I'd go for trees, flower beds and hanging baskets. Or alternatively (25k might not be enough for this) for installing better designed street lighting around/on Hilly Fields so that if you went up there at night you'd have some chance of seeing the stars without light pollution from the street lighting. I'd like to see this issue tackled everywhere, actually.

Sue Luxton said...

Just to be clear, Hilly Fields and the roads that surround it are in Ladywell ward, not Brockley. Also worth bearing in mind that Brockley ward includes Tanners Hill, stretches as far as New Cross Road on the one side and Brookmill Road (and the park) on the other. Would be useful if the assembly co-ordinators could put ward maps on the web page - I will ask about that.

nobbly brick said...

good idea sue...

The Cat Man said...

Isn't the assembley websites hosted on the lewisham council site?

Lewisham council have a whole array of ward level information.

Maybe a link to the relevant page could be useful.

Anonymous said...

Is this money just for the next 2 years in the run up to the next election?

Who has a final say on what it's spent, Mayor, Ward Councillors, Assemblies, the great and the good or someone anonymous?

Lewisham Library have a large detailed map (£15) which shows the wards.

Hilly Fields is clearly in Ladywell, in fact Brockley appears zero parks or green bits.

Is there anything to stop cross border economic alliances?

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