Today, Friday 6th January is 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 welcome in particular ideas which focus on providing opportunities for young people, promoting jobs, skills and training (in particular for young people and disadvantaged groups), improvements to outdoor spaces in less affluent areas, and initiatives which promote community-building and strengthen neighbourly ties. 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.
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, a street gym or improvements to the public realm area outside Vauxhall Street shops. It could be safer cycling routes so your child can cycle to school. Or it could be used for funding a youth employment worker for the area (though this type of funding, unlike physical projects would be time limited).
So what are you waiting for? Let the Council know your thoughts by:
- Completing the short survey here
- Talking to your friends and neighbours and encouraging them to complete the survey too
- 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. There will also be some information leaflets at the Carmelita Centre for you to read and share. 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.