A campaign for Charlton to get its own community council will launch at the Horn Fayre in Charlton Park on Sunday – and you’re very welcome to come along and find out what it’s all about. Other events are due to be held later in the year.
As reported here in January, the Charlton Society has been given some funding to explore the idea of a community council- the level of local government closest to residents. They’re common in the rest of England, and new laws mean they can now be introduced in London.
The first community council in London, in Queen’s Park, north-west London, was elected in May.
In Charlton, a community council could work with Greenwich Council and other bodies to attract funding and bring lasting improvements to the local area.
Councillors would be volunteers, and a council would be non-party political.
Campaigners need one in 10 SE7 residents to sign a petition to get the process of starting a community council under way.
Since January, the idea’s had some local press coverage, and some of the people who responded to that have been meeting in recent months to work out just what a council would be for, and what the next steps should be.
Now the It’s Your Charlton campaign has launched a website, and will have a stall on Sunday to explain what it’s all about.
The theory is that a community council would bring decision-making closer to you. There would be a cost – the Queen’s Park council is charging an extra £3.70 per month on Band D council tax bills – but a community council would be able to apply for grants and other funding, so that money could go much further.
All this would depend on who gets elected – would you consider standing? Or do you have skills you could lend the community council campaign?
It’s a big issue, and there’s a lot of work to be done yet – but you can be among the first to find out more at the Horn Fayre (that’s the Charlton Park one) from 11am to 4pm this Sunday.