25 August 2010

Lambeth launches your borough, your budget, your choice initiative

Lambeth Council have launched an innovative new initiative which asks local people for ideas for projects that would benefit from council funding. could see funding offered to local projects.

Details of the Your borough, your budget, your choice are available on the Lambeth website or see below

Do you have an idea that would benefit your local community, but don't have the money to make it a reality?

Lambeth Council has made £250,000 available to fund four community projects, but we need your help to suggest which local schemes should benefit.

If you know of a community or voluntary group that needs funding for a project, nominate it giving some brief details and let us know whether it needs £25,000, £50,000, £75,000 or £100,000 to get off the ground.

Councillor Paul McGlone, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "Whilst the financial resources available to us have reduced, the council is keen to continue supporting those community projects that provide important localised services.

"This is a great opportunity to submit an idea that could transform or introduce a much needed facility or service to your area. If it there is enough support for it from other residents, it will become a reality."

Projects could include fixing the roof of a local youth centre, buying tools for a gardening project or funding a van for volunteers to do shopping trips for people in the community who can't get out and about.

Residents have already been making suggestions at public expos and co-operative council events over the last few months and the council will be following up those ideas.

The projects proposed will be shortlisted before being put to the public to vote for one project from each category.

The closing date for submissions is 30 September. For more information on how to submit a proposal please contact 020 7926 2583, email yourchoice@lambeth.gov.uk or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/yourchoice.