The New Neighbourhoods Programme & Ward Budgets Councillor
The New Neighbourhoods Programme & Ward Budgets Councillor Daniel Astaire Cabinet Member for Customer and Community Services Westminster City Council Your Ward Councillors Bayswater Councillor Michael Brahams
Councillor Brian Connell Hyde Park Councillor Suhail Rahuja Councillor Colin Barrow Lancaster Gate
Councillor Susie Burbridge Councillor Robert Davis Councillor Pamela Batty Councillor Jean-Paul Floru Westbourne
Councillor Sir Simon Milton Councillor David Boothroyd Councillor Rupert DCruz Councillor Papya Qureshi Westminster City Council
Westminster City Council wants to see: Strong communities supported by excellent services So we have committed to: Strengthening neighbourhoods Promoting active communities Westminster City Council What are Ward Budgets? Annual ward budget of 100k per ward 2 year programme initially
New money from the One City Fund Dedicated resource for councillors to tackle local issues Will be used to commission new or additional projects, services or facilities in your ward Westminster City Council How will Councillors decide how to spend the ward budget? Their own knowledge, personal experience of the ward and contacts Expanded City Survey for ward-level consultation
Ward Profiles MyWard Debates Online feedback Westminster City Council How can you have your say? You can also contact your councillor at any time through: [email protected] Individual ward email address:
MyWard Debates - Introduction Will be held as part of the new MyWestminster Forums MyWestminster Forum Bayswater is on 8th May 2008 at Westminster Academy Covers the same wards as this forum Open to anyone who lives, works or learns in the ward Round-table discussion style format Westminster City Council How can you have your say? MyWard Debates - Format
Councillors will introduce the profile of their ward to highlight potential areas for discussion Councillors will lead a discussion on ward priorities You will be able to talk about your issues face-to-face with your councillor Aim For you to highlight your priorities and issues for your Councillors to consider Westminster City Council
FAQ When will Ward Councillors make their decisions on spending? Proposals can be made throughout the year Three main phases June, September, December Westminster City Council FAQ Can wards share budgets?
Yes - to fund joint projects between two or more wards But: Each ward must have identified the same issue There must clear benefits for the residents in each ward Westminster City Council FAQ Who will monitor spending? Public Money = usual safeguards apply Signed off by Cabinet Member
Westminster City Council How will it work in practice? March 08 Ward profile highlights fear of crime as an area of dissatisfaction for residents in the ward Ward profile shows that crime figures are in fact falling in the ward May 08 Discussion at MyWard Debate reveals that it is a specific area within the ward where residents feel unsafe walking at night time
Westminster City Council May 08 Ward Councillors discuss various issues taking into account all evidence Ward Councillors decide to include Fear of Crime as a Ward Member Priority Westminster City Council May 08
Councillors research options for tackling the issue, including: Buy extra time from a City Guardian to patrol the area causing concern Collaborate with local police and CivicWatch to run an event providing information on crimes levels and prevention techniques Install improved lighting in the area Westminster City Council June 08
Ward Members check with council officers what is already planned for the area They learn that improved lighting in the area is already planned in the coming year Based on this they decide to buy extra hours from a City Guardian to patrol the area at night time only Westminster City Council June 08
The proposal is costed and a basic project plan produced Ward Members submit proposal to Cabinet Member for sign off July 08 Extra hours are commissioned for a City Guardian to patrol the area at night Westminster City Council Your Councillors want to know your views Come to your: MyWestminster Forum Bayswater
6.30 - 8.30pm on Thursday May 8th 2008 Westminster Academy, 259-265 Harrow Road, W2 5EZ
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