Ladywell Assembly allocates £50k to local causes

Last night, the Ladywell Assembly allocated its £50,000 Mayor’s Fund.

Here’s the list of supported projects:

· Ladywell Road Streetscape and Design (£10,000)
· Youth Activity and Coach Development (£7,400)
· Youth Village project (£10,000)
· Hilly Fields Community Bowling Green irrigation (£8,257)
· The Ahoy Centre (£3,090)
· Get the Message Mural Project (£4,965)
· AlertBox Scheme (£6,288)

Pretty good stuff, with a liberal dose of youth project support. We can’t see what AlertBox technology (shops connected via intercoms to tip eachother off about potential shop lifters) does that you couldn’t do for free with Twitter or an email / text messaging list – although we’re happy to be told why we’re wrong on that one.

Cllr Luxton has a full report here.


Anonymous said...

Wow - the bowling green gets over 8 grand for irrigation? What wrong with sprinkers on a hose?

I bet they are chuffed to bits.

Pete said...

I'm sure they are chuffed to bits but I do think it is actually quite a good community resource so probably deserving of some dosh now and then.

Sue said...

Thanks Nick, though actually it was Ute who wrote that and the other piece about the ward assembly on our blog, not me! Was pleased with how the assembly went though, with one of our best turnouts - around 80 people.

fabhat said...

Anon - the bowls club is a good community resource - it has open days to try bowls out, and when I went there were people from 80 to 8 playing and it had a very nice atmosphere. I bet getting a gardener to water the green often enough to keep it green would cost more than £8K over a couple of years against the one off cost of the irrigation.

Brockley Nick said...

@Sue - Apologies to Ute, but good to hear about the turnout, it seems that the Assemblies are starting to catch people's imagination - do you think that's right?

Brockley Nick said...

re Bowling - those guys are amazing - I find it hard to imagine there is a bowls club anywhere that does more to promote itself to the local community and attract new members, young and old. A real credit to the area.

Sue said...

Oh, on the alert box thing, I think the difference is that you can discreetly push a 'help' button if someone is threatening you, rather than get your phone out and try to text your neighbours.

Ladywell Road shopkeepers have been putting up with atrocious levels of abuse from a minority of (mostly young) local residents for some time and this is a project working with the local safer neighbourhood team to try and address that. The police will be collecting data from the boxes to help them direct resources more effectively and catch those responsible.

Sue said...

@Nick: possibly, though also those who wanted money for a project turned up and brought their friends!

Anonymous said...

I just want to add about the loveliness of the bowling green.

anon again. said...

The thing I don't like about the Local Assembly process is that once the project is voted for you rarely hear about it again. And so it is as if the money went down a well.

Brockley Nick said...

@anon again - I agree with you that it would be good to hear more about how the money gets spent - an annual report or something.

Anonymous said...

Can we have a drinking water fountain in Ladywell park included in next years budget please.

Mars said...

What do people feel about the music studio? Do you think it's a good idea?

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