While the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit admits it made the decision to review the programmes after some had been running for little more than a year, it insists it is trying to ‘help good programmes work even better, not to go back to square one. Areas will not be allowed to ‘choose to spend most of the allocation on the less focused and ‘‘easier’’ activity streams (such as small grants), while neglecting the more challenging neighbourhood level or learning objectives’.
The 0% minimum for neighbourhood-level delivery reflects a lack of capacity among community and voluntary groups, but as it increases, the figure is expected to grow. Urban Forum local strategic partnerships officer Rupa Sarkar said that while the proposals offered the possibility of greater focus and administrative simplicity, they might achieve very little and risked creating a ‘disastrous’ lack of flexibility. Read more: E Conveyancing Melbourne
The government‘s Communities Plan is unlikely to raise the standard of parks and public spaces because its £89m ‘liveability’ fund is too miserly, MPs have been told. The cash should go to councils with the dirtiest, least safe and most vandalised public spaces rather than being distributed equally between local authorities even though this could be interpreted as condoning neglect, the ODPM select committee heard. Dame Sally Powell, lead member for transformation of the local environment at the Local Government Association (LGA), told an inquiry into the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s public spaces strategy that the fund would be channelled into too many areas to make a difference.
She said: ‘A commitment to have an environmental fund is very welcome. But it covers a whole raft of areas the removal of abandoned cars, fly-tipping, maintaining parks and green spaces, and so on. Malcolm Smith, an adviser to the LGA and director of environment at Newham Council in east London, said he doubted whether ‘chucking money at some local authorities’ was the answer because the problem stemmed from members of the public abusing the environment. Judges needed to be able to impose harsher penalties on offences such as fly-tipping, but felt their hands were tied by current legislation.
This scheme is helping all the residents in Manor Park. By tidying up people’s gardens we are improving the quality of their lives, removing some of the problems that are causing them stress and the impact this has on the community at large is tremendous. A well-kept neighbourhood makes everyone feel pleased to be getting home and increases neighbourhood pride, and this can help lower crime rates. The project has also been making a difference to the lives of long-term unemployed residents. By linking up with other organisations such as Respect, JobCentres, Access to Excellence, Hathaway Community. Centre and the office furniture recycling concern Greenworks, ten residents have been given salaried employment as gardeners, warehouse operatives. A shortlist has been drawn up of designs for homes that are set to improve the quality of life on the housing estate.
More than 70 concepts have been submitted in a competition on behalf of Newham Council to enhance and refurbish properties on the Brooks Road Estate. Entries have arrived from all over the world with suggestions on how to improve the Nicholls Point and Tanner Point high rise tower blocks, 173 low rise properties and nearby shopping facilities. The shortlist includes seven high rise and six low rise blocks. We will look for solutions which show technically and visually innovative approaches that respond to the aspirations of the community. In June the first phase of the £113 million redevelopment programme began with the demolition of the 15-storey Watts Point block. A further 56 flats at Bates Point, 12 shops and 64 maisonettes are also being pulled down. People living in Stratford will be able to let their senses be overwhelmed at a beautiful new garden opening at Major Road Tenants Association early in the New Year.
The sensory garden will provide a calming, stimulating environment for residents whatever their age. The garden design centres on a stunning water feature and includes plenty of colourful and sweet smelling plants, trees and shrubs. Lighting throughout the garden will make this quiet spot a beautiful haven in the evenings and during the daytime. Tony Banks MP launched the exhibition and gave a speech to more than 50 people, including former factory workers who came to see the display. Former Yardley employees enjoyed reminiscing about factory life, others remembered the impact that this famous firm had on the local area.
The Yardley firm may have moved on, but it was clear from the conversations provoked by this exhibition that the old Yardley factory in Stratford is still an important piece of local history. The council gives the TMO an allowance of just over £1 million a year to deliver management services on their behalf. Residents in the Forest Gate area are invited to unleash their imaginations and creativity and take part in a unique and fun event. E7 Arts, a new organisation in the area, will be hosting a midwinter celebration of light. read more: Enact Conveyancing Brisbane